Why Read?


Why Read?

Results from South Carolina’s 2016 statewide assessment of SC READY, show that only 44 percent of third graders met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, which includes reading. If a child does not master reading, he or she will not understand facts in social studies and science. Word problems in math will be unsolvable and navigating the rich world of literature and crafting complex sentences will be next to impossible. These students almost never catch up and their future is put at risk.
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Students who cannot read by the end of the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, and high school dropouts make up 75 percent of citizens receiving food stamps and 90 percent of the Americans on welfare. Nearly 85 percent of teenagers in the juvenile justice system cannot read to learn and seven out of ten adult prisoners cannot read above a fourth-grade level.
domino effect graphic

Results from South Carolina’s 2016 statewide assessment of SC READY, show that only 44 percent of third graders met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, which includes reading. If a child does not master reading, he or she will not understand facts in social studies and science. Word problems in math will be unsolvable and navigating the rich world of literature and crafting complex sentences will be next to impossible. These students almost never catch up and their future is put at risk.
strong readers infographic

Students who cannot read by the end of the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, and high school dropouts make up 75 percent of citizens receiving food stamps and 90 percent of the Americans on welfare. Nearly 85 percent of teenagers in the juvenile justice system cannot read to learn and seven out of ten adult prisoners cannot read above a fourth-grade level.
domino effect graphic

READ TO SUCCEED

South Carolina has recognized the need to combat these alarming statistical trends that are associated with the inability to read by passing the Read to Succeed Act.

The Read to Succeed Act is a strong initiative that focuses on mastery of reading skills before students advance to fourth grade. The Act requires each district to develop a comprehensive annual reading proficiency plan for Pre-K to 12th-grade students, establishes student reading intervention programs as early as Kindergarten, and mandates all initially licensed K-12 teachers to complete additional training to receive a Read to Succeed endorsement. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, third-grade students who are not reading on grade level may be retained. Retention can provide students with severe reading difficulties the additional time they need to gain the necessary reading skills to be successful in fourth grade and beyond.

 

Visit our How to Read page to learn what you can do to help!

READ TO SUCCEED

South Carolina has recognized the need to combat these alarming statistical trends that are associated with the inability to read by passing the Read to Succeed Act.

The Read to Succeed Act is a strong initiative that focuses on mastery of reading skills before students advance to fourth grade. The Act requires each district to develop a comprehensive annual reading proficiency plan for Pre-K to 12th-grade students, establishes student reading intervention programs as early as Kindergarten, and mandates all initially licensed K-12 teachers to complete additional training to receive a Read to Succeed endorsement. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, third-grade students who are not reading on grade level may be retained. Retention can provide students with severe reading difficulties the additional time they need to gain the necessary reading skills to be successful in fourth grade and beyond.

 

Visit our How to Read page to learn what you can do to help!