Why aren’t Arizona fourth-graders learning to read?

| August 5, 2015

By Elizabeth StuartPhoenix New Times

Seventy-two percent of Arizona fourth-graders can’t read proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — nearly 10 percent worse than the national average.

Mastering reading by fourth grade is critical because at this age children begin reading to learn other subjects, such as social studies, science, and math, the foundation states. Children who don’t read proficiently by this point in their education are more likely to drop out of high school.

With this in mind, Arizona legislators passed a law in 2010 that prevents third-graders who read far below grade level from moving on to fourth grade. But though the law, which went into effect in 2013, has improved scores among the poorest-performing students, officials at the Arizona Department of Education say it may be negatively affecting other children.

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