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The Vast Majority of the Struggling Readers will Never Catch Up

Article via HuffPost Education:
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When President Obama announced an initiative focused on young men of color, he shared a statistic that took my breath away: 86 percent of African American boys can’t read proficiently in fourth grade, compared to 58 percent of white peers.

Think about that for a minute. That means only 14 percent of African-American boys read proficiently compared to 42 percent of white boys. That’s a rate three times greater for white students. Three times. The numbers aren’t much better for Latino boys, only 18 percent of whom are proficient readers in fourth grade, according to the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.

Read the full story written by Patrick Corvington on HuffPost.

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