White male students are three times more likely to be reading proficiently in the fourth grade than their black peers, and more than twice as likely as Hispanic boys, according to a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count.
Among those who don’t read well, the dropout rats in high school are twice as high for blacks and Hispanics as they are for whites.
With those dismal statistics in mind the Casey foundation and others, along with the White House have joined forces to improve third grade literacy through a program called Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. They foundations have committed $150 million for the program.
Those who aren’t doing well in reading by third grade are four times more likely to drop out later, according to the campaign’s email announcement.
“We need to equip parents with the tools they need to nurture their children’s development and ensure than more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed, attend school regularly and engage in quality programs over the summer,:”stated Ralph Smith, managing director.
Among other philanthropies working with the program are: Bloomberg Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Ford Foundation, John S. and Jams L. Knight Foundation, the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies.
For more information about the program visit gradelevelreading.net