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Third-grade Reading Linked to College and Career Readiness

According to a recent analysis by MetaMetrics®, the reading level of North Carolina third-graders is predictive of their readiness for college and careers. The data, taken from the Public School Forum's 2013 "Roadmap of Need," covers a broad range of socioeconomic, educational, and health and wellness metrics for all 100 counties in the state. The Roadmap ranks counties on a variety of indicators impacting young people, finding a cluster of highest need along the I-95 corridor from South Carolina to Virginia. MetaMetrics' analysis found a high correlation between many of the Roadmap metrics and ACT performance (as a proxy for college and career readiness). The analysis also found significant gaps in reading performance among many NC counties. The correlational and descriptive data of the analysis supports recent legislation, like NC's Read to Achieve Act, that focuses on the importance of reading on grade level by grade three.

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