Third Grade Reading

Every third-grader is proficient or above grade level in English-Language Arts.

Core Indicator
Percent of third-graders passing English-Language Arts state standards.

Only 40 percent of children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Why It Matters
Students who do not read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.

For more information about our progress, explore the work of the Third Grade Literacy Action Network.

For more detailed information, see our Baseline Report.

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