Annie E. Casey Foundation Report: Colorado’s Reading Gap Among Nation’s Largest
In its new report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that two-thirds of children in the United States are not reading proficiently by the time they reach fourth grade—a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.
In Colorado, a growing number of children are reading proficiently, but the state has one of the widest gaps between low-income and high-income students in the nation—and it’s getting worse. In 2013, nearly 80 percent of low-income fourth-graders in Colorado were reading below grade level, compared to 45 percent of higher-income students.
“It’s good news that more children are reading proficiently by fourth grade, but all kids should be reaching that goal,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “Ensuring that all children, regardless of family income or location, can read by fourth grade is a focus that we need to maintain. Whether it’s setting our own high standards, encouraging effective educators or better supporting late readers, Colorado has shown commitment to meeting that goal. We can’t lose momentum.”
Click here to read the report, including more details on how Colorado students are doing.