By Karen Nolan/Posted:
Another report, another chance to lament the state of education in California. This week, it’s the Annie E. Casey Foundation weighing in with a look at the disparities between economically disadvantaged students and those whose families are better off.
According to the foundation’s Kids Count Data Snapshot on Early Reading Proficiency, released Tuesday, only 34 percent of fourth-graders tested in the United States in 2013 were reading at a proficient level — a figure that climbed to 51 percent for higher-income students and dropped to 20 percent among low-incomers.
Those numbers are, of course, worse in California, where only 27 percent fourth-graders were considered proficient, a figure that fell to 15 percent among low-income students and climbed to only 46 percent for higher-income kids.