According to a report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 81 percent of low-income fourth graders and 69 percent of all kids in Michigan are reading below the standard level.
The report titled “Early Reading Proficiency in the United States” says Michigan is one of six states that didn’t make progress in reading over the last decade.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell of the Michigan League for Public Policy said in a statement that the findings are “truly alarming.”
The report also revealed that 56 percent of children that come from higher income families aren’t reading at a proficient level. Nationally, the gap has increased, but Michigan has remained relatively the same.
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