Focus Areas

READING INTO SUCCESS GOAL: By 2020, increase the number of proficient third graders to 95%, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap.

OUR GOAL:

Increase percentage of kindergarteners who score as proficient on the Fall FAST by 75% by 2020.

THE FACTS:

  • By age 2, low-income children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy.
  • A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement.
  • By age 5, a typical middle-class child recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet, compared to 9 for a child from a low-income family.
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