Students first learn to read, and then, by the end of third grade, students are reading to learn. It is critical for a child’s ongoing success that he or she gets an early start on literacy.
More than 26% of third graders in Lucas County are not proficient in reading and close to half of Lucas County fifth graders are not proficient in math. These are the best indicators for optimum performance at specific grade levels, and are key to our children’s ongoing success in school and careers.
Our children need to demonstrate proficiency in reading and math to succeed in life, and to help build a Lucas County rich with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.
Aspire is not currently focusing directly on the achievement of this outcome, but many of the efforts being made to ensure that children are prepared to learn in kindergarten will impact their ability to succeed as they proceed through elementary school and beyond.