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New Study Shows Link Between Reading Proficiency in Third Grade and Finishing High School

Students who don't read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers, according to a new study commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report, Double Jeopardy: How Poverty & Third-Grade Reading Skills Influence High School Graduation, confirms the link between third grade scores and high school graduation and breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

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