Improving 3rd Graders' Reading SkillsPlay
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