W.Va. Joins National Reading Proficiency Campaign

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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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