Learning to Read vs. Reading to Learn
Up until the 3rd grade, students are learning to read, but after they are reading to learn. This means if a child cannot read well by 3rd grade it is more difficult for them to learn other subjects. In fact, children who are good readers by the end of 3rd grade are much more likely to succeed in school than those who are not: they are less likely to repeat a grade, more likely to graduate from high school, and more likely to attend college.
Follow two children on their path to 3rd grade and see how the gap between lower income children and their more affluent peers occurs and how we can close it in this video by the National Campaign For Grade Level Reading.