Did you know that reading on grade-level by the end of the third grade is one of the most critical milestones in education? Yet every year, more than 6,000 students in Shelby County leave third grade missing learning skills critical to their success.
Third grade is important. Our education system expects students to be finished learning how to read and be able to use those skills to read to learn by the end of 3rd grade. Studies show that 74% of 3rd graders who read poorly still struggle in ninth grade and 3rd grade reading scores can reasonably predict a student’s likelihood to graduate high-school.