Presentation on Third Grade Reading Success

Thomas Schultz, CEELO Senior Scientist and Program Director at the Council of Chief State School Officers, presented to the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee early childhood work group on January 7.

This presentation focused on third grade reading success, highlighting evidence of disparities and gaps between low- and high-risk students and providing evidence on why grade level reading is important. Dr. Schultz presented four strategies to improve third grade reading success: convince parents and early childhood teachers that there’s an urgent problem, invest in high-quality early childhood programs, reduce chronic absenteeism, and combat summer learning loss.  He also listed five areas where states should provide technical assistance: accountability, data collection, support for districts, reporting, and research.

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