CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is joining a national initiative to improve third-graders' reading proficiency.
The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the state's participation in The Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
A recent West Virginia KIDS COUNT report found that seven in 10 children can't read proficiently by the end of third grade. It said three-fourths of those children will remain poor readers throughout high school, and one in six won't graduate.
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading emphasizes third-grade reading as a critical target. It includes parents, educators and others who have an impact on literacy throughout a child's life.
The Department of Education says an advisory committee will coordinate West Virginia's campaign efforts.
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