Soar in 4 is aligned with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a national effort to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.
The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
74% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.
More than 80% of low-income children are not reading proficiently at the end of third grade.
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading has found, based on national research, that there are five recurring issues affecting the success of each student:
The Attendance Gap: Too many children from low-income families miss too many days of school. Research has found that one in 10 kindergarten and first grade students nationwide misses nearly a month of school each year in excused and unexcused absences
The School Readiness Gap: Too many children from low-income families begin school already far behind. The research also shows that these children are less likely to be read or spoken to regularly or to have access to books, literacy-rich environments, high-quality early care, and prekindergarten programs. As a consequence, these children may hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten.
Summer Learning Loss: Too many children lose ground over the summer months. Without access to the enriching activities available to more affluent peers, research shows that children from low-income families lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, they are nearly three grade levels behind their peers.
Healthy Readers: Learning begins at birth and healthy development greatly impacts children’s ability to learn: children who are on track in their physical, social and emotional, cognitive, and verbal development are more successful learners from their earliest years, and they are more likely to become proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Successful Parents: Parents are the first teachers and most important advocates for their children. Research shows that students are most successful academically and socially when their parents are involved and engaged in their learning
To learn more about the Campaign for Grade Level Reading visit http://gradelevelreading.net/about-us