Connecticut is facing a long-term literacy crisis. While we know that building solid literacy skills is important during the early years, too few of the state’s 3rd and 4th graders are meeting grade-level expectations. The state also has wide gaps in reading attainment by race. These disparities reflect an ongoing civil rights injustice that echoes a painful national and statewide history of deliberately denying segments of our society an equal opportunity to read and learn. But literacy is a struggle for all students, not only students from traditionally under-served populations. We have to do better.
Read our report here.