In Colorado, 4 out of 5 fourth graders from low-income families cannot read at grade level.
Did you read that last sentence? Is that real?
It is, and it means that 93% of students in under-resourced schools feel frustrated or defeated every time they open a book. It means that students who should be ready to start books like Harry Potter are instead still uncomfortable reading BOB Books and Dr. Seuss.
It means that ultimately, these kids are four times more likely to drop out of school when they get older.
As a father of three, I have a hard time grappling with these statistics. Think of all the families right here in Denver who see their children struggling in school and just don’t have the resources or time to help them.
Here’s where Reading Partners comes in. We are a non-profit organization that works to boost student literacy by empowering community members to provide individualized instruction that produces measurable results.