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Two-thirds of all third graders and about 80 percent those from low-income families are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. Seventy-four percent of students who fail to read proficiently by third grade falter in later grades and often drop out of school before earning a diploma. The odds of earning a postsecondary credential are long.
Proficiency by the end of third grade is critical as students transition to a more complex and varied curriculum in 4th grade and beyond. It signals that young learners are building highly sought after skills of communication and interpretation.
Appropriately, the third grade reading benchmark is a common focus across education departments and business/philanthropic initiatives. The knowledge base around what works, and in which contexts, is growing rapidly. Evidence-based curricula, extended learning time, new approaches to parental engagement, and an attention to consistent student attendance are being evaluated broadly. Successful efforts are expanding.
More skilled readers by third grade, greater high school and postsecondary completion, and a stronger connection of education to well-paying skilled work. These are the three 2015-17 budget priorities laid out for business, elected, and civic leaders at the January 6 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit.
More than 200 of Oregon’s postsecondary leaders and supporters gathered in Portland in January, 2014, to consider how Oregon is redesigning the way it supports postsecondary students and institutions.
Oregon is redesigning public education for learners from birth through grade 20. Oregon Learns promotes understanding of that effort and deeper engagement in its success. Learn More +
By 2020, 65 percent of all U.S. jobs will require a postsecondary credential.
—-Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Just less than 40 percent of Oregonians currently hold at least an associate degree.
—-U.S. Census, 2012