September’s release of the 2014 MCAS scores revealed that our third grade reading proficiency rates have not changed since last year. Once again, 43 percent of third graders statewide did not meet proficiency in reading. That’s roughly 29,000 children who did not meet this crucial educational benchmark.
Fortunately, early literacy has increasingly been on the radar of policymakers and practitioners here in Massachusetts. Read about the progress of the state’s Early Literacy Expert Panel, established in 2012’s An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency, for the latest details.