Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is often a predictor for future academic and life success. Through third grade most students are learning to read, but in fourth grade they begin "reading to learn" -- to gain information and think critically in all other subject areas. About three-fourths of students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers in high school. Student with limited reading skills are also more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, repeat a grade, and eventually drop out of school.
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