Keystone News Service: PA 4th Graders Improve Reading Skills, But Poverty Clouds Progress

“Fourth-graders in Pennsylvania appear to be showing progress in reading skills, but not all students are benefiting.

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals that the percentage of fourth-grade students reading below proficiency levels dropped from 67 percent in 2003 to 60 percent last year.

Michael Race, director of communications at Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, says the new numbers reinforce the benefits of books. “

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