Improving 3rd Graders' Reading Skills07:58

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A new report presents a sobering picture of the shortcomings of the Massachusetts educational system — especially when it comes to low-income students.

The report, commissioned by Strategies for Children, finds nearly half of the state's third-graders scored below-proficient levels on the state's MCAS test.

And among low-income students — only 35 percent were reading at proficient levels.

We talk about the findings with one of the researchers and the head of ReadBoston, a city-funded program that works with preschools, day-care centers and other groups to promote early-age reading among low income families.


  • Richard Weissbourd, education lecturer at Harvard University
  • Theresa Lynn, executive director of ReadBoston