The Need to Read
Basic skills such as reading are crucial to be developed at an early age. A British study found students’ level of ability at age 7 was “a good predictor of their future level of achievement. A relationship was found between the level of reading at age 7 and the level of achievement at examinations at 16.” (National Literacy Trust)
Making the Connections
Research has connected students with low reading ability to a higher risk of a flurry of societal problems and achievement barriers such as:
The New Jersey Department of Corrections reports that the average reading ability of returning offenders is at a 6th level. Two-thirds have no GED or High School Diploma. The Journal of Correctional Education states that as many as sixty percent (60%) of the inmates in our jails are high school dropouts. Twenty-five percent (25%) are illiterate.
Our Response to the Need
Lawyers for Literacy (LFL) is committed to building a strong base for success for Florida’s children. The program is designed to help at-risk students improve one of the most foundational skills that will help determine their future achievement: reading.
LFL has partnered with schools in the Tampa Bay area to provide support from the professional community needed to help at-risk third grade students improve reading skills, pass the Florida Assessment
of Student Thinking (FAST)
exam to be promoted to the fourth grade, and be prepared for greater success and impact on the world around them.
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