Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a critical predictor of academic success, including high school graduation and college entry, which ultimately determines the ability to earn a living. Children who live in poverty, and particularly children of color who live in poverty, have less than a 15% chance of being proficient readers by end of third grade.
- In the spring of 2011, only 33.8% of our third graders were reading on grade level (In 14 districts in the city of KC)
- There are many implications for a high school dropout including increased risk of incarceration, prostitution, sex trafficking, etc. 82% of prisoners in America were high school dropouts (National Dropout Prevention Center).
- Studies show that kids drop out of school primarily because of a loss of hope in a future. (Gallup – Operation Hope)
In 2012-2013 school year in five districts the following aggregate numbers tell the story of students identified as economically disadvantaged. (Living in Poverty)
“Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a reward from him.”
Psalm 127:3 NLT
“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin;
Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children…”
Lamentations 2:19 NIV