Advocacy Toolbox- Why Reading Matters

Today’s addition to the Advocacy Toolbox is inspired by Bryce, who recently posted about a kick-ass early lit advocacy presentation she gave to elected officials!

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The Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides the research supporting what we all already know: reading matters!

For example, did you know that:

If current trends hold true, 83%, or 6.6 million of these children, are at increased risk of dropping out of high school because they can’t read proficiently by fourth grade.

Wow. And how’s this to make someone sit up and take notice?

EVERY STUDENT WHO DOES NOT COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL COSTS OUR SOCIETY AN ESTIMATED $260,000 IN LOST EARNINGS, TAXES AND PRODUCTIVITY

So check out this great resource!

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One thought on “Advocacy Toolbox- Why Reading Matters

  1. Profile photo of Bryce KozlaBryce Kozla

    That was such a crazy stat to me! I definitely shared THAT number with the Board. And as my director pointed out, it’s $260,000 in 2010 dollars so it could be even more now. Thanks for linking!

    For readers wondering about alternate finishing of high school, this figure is based on completion of a high school program by age 19. Later finishers do not cost the entirety of that figure, but the dollars start adding up once completion is not reached by 19, if that makes sense.

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