Reading to Learn: The Importance of Reading by the End of Third Grade in Arkansas

The evidence is clear: a young person’s failure to read at grade level by the end of third grade creates a massive barrier to educational success. It is a key force in determining whether a student will go on to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, and achieve future success in the workforce. Not only does grade-level reading have a significant impact on a student’s educational career, it has broader ramifications for their economic livelihood in an increasingly competitive economic environment.