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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | July 22, 2010

Only Half of 3rd Graders Proficient in Reading; 1 in 3 Students Proficient in Algebra

Just Added to Kidsdata.org: Math and Reading Proficiency Data for CA Students

Although California has seen steady gains among students in both math and reading proficiency since 2005, fewer than half of the state’s 3rd graders are proficient in reading – and only 1 in 3 students in grades 7-11 are proficient in Algebra I. In addition, disparities exist across all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Research indicates that reading proficiency at the end of third grade is predictive of later academic success. Mastery of algebra is a prerequisite for the higher level math classes that give students access to college and many careers, and is itself associated with higher earnings in adulthood.

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  • The percentage of proficient CA students increased for both math and reading across all racial/ethnic groups from 2005 to 2009.
  • Proficiency in both math and reading among economically disadvantaged CA students increased steadily from 2005 to 2009.

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