A brighter future for Minnesota begins with reading.
Reading is the foundation of all learning — but in Minnesota, nearly half our students aren’t reading at grade level, and large disparities exist for students of color and American Indian students. If a child isn’t reading well by the end of third grade, it’s almost impossible to catch up.
74 percent of children who read poorly in third grade continue to read poorly in high school. Why? From age three through third grade, children are learning to read. After third grade, they have to read well in order to learn.