This resource from The Annie E. Casey Foundation discusses the importance of third grade reading skills for future high school graduation. The authors found that 16 percent of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers. They also discuss how living in poverty can increase the chances of a student not graduating from high school.
Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
CCRS Center Publication
The Annie E. Casey Foundation