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Majority of State's Fourth-Graders Fall Short on Reading


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Fourth-grade students raise their hands in class.
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Fourth-grade students raise their hands in class.

Only about 25 percent of California's fourth-graders meet national standards for grade-level reading, according to a new report by Children Now analyzing national education data. The state ranks 47th in the nation for fourth-grade reading proficiency. The report also finds the gap in reading ability between high and low-income fourth-graders has widened by nearly 30 percent in California in the past decade. What can the state do to improve students' reading skills?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland

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