Report: NM kids not reading proficiently by 4th grade

Updated: 01/29/2014 1:25 PM | Created: 01/29/2014 1:23 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

According to a new report, a majority of children in the United States have not reached their required reading level by the time they reach fourth grade.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports 66 percent of all fourth graders are not proficient in reading, a level the researchers called "unacceptably low in an economic environment that requires increasing levels of education and skills for family-sustaining jobs."

In Mexico, 61 percent of fourth graders from higher-income families do not read proficiently compared to 85 percent of fourth graders from low-income families.

Gov. Susana Martinez has been pushing a bill in the 2014 legislative session to require third graders to be held back if they are not reading at their grade level.

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