Reading by Third Grade: Thinking Beyond Retention

Robert E. Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, wrote a column for The Huffington Post on the importance of using appropriate, proven intervention strategies to help students read at grade level by the third grade.

We couldn’t agree more with the statement: “If schools use the reading-by-third-grade movement as an opportunity to use proven practices throughout the primary grades, they can reap substantial savings by avoiding unnecessary retentions, and most importantly, they can make a life-changing difference for all of their students.”

Families are an important part of that equation because so many of these students have parents who also need help with reading skills and navigating schools.

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