Report Finds Seven Of Ten WV Children Not Reading Proficiently By Third Grade

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More than seven in 10 West Virginia children aren't reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

That's the latest finding from West Virginia KIDS COUNT.

An info-graphic released Tuesday shows 73 percent of children are failing to meet the standards, and that's 5 percentage points worse than the national average.

KIDS COUNT Executive Director Margie Hale says three-fourths of those children will remain poor readers throughout high school. One in six won't graduate.

She says West Virginia is failing its youngest children and must do better.

Third-grade reading scores are considered important because at that age, children are still learning to read.

By fourth grade, Hale says, they are "reading to learn."

Fourth-graders who can't read well by that age are unlikely to ever catch up.