Math and reading are top subjects that American students struggle with, yet we often overlook the latter. Nationally, we are most concerned with how our math scores compare to other countries, when it's our reading skills we should be concerned about.
Troy Prep Middle School in Albany, NY has mostly low-income students enrolled. In 2012, standardized test scores showed that 100 percent of 7th graders had proficient or advanced scores in math. Only 50 percent met the same standards for reading and comprehension. Similar test results were found in 31 other schools in the district, many of them having a high percentage of low-income students as well.
So what does income have to do with reading? A 1980's study tell us that income has a lot to do with reading skills, especially for young students. Psychologists Betty Hart and todd Risley found that by age four, kids from low-income families have heard 32 million fewer words than children from higher income families. That's a rough start for young kids starting school; with a disadvantaged vocabulary, catching up and staying there is a challenge.
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