If a child can't read by the end of third grade, they are more likely to drop out of high school, live in poverty, and end up in the criminal justice system. We have a reading crisis in our state.
In Wisconsin, 64% of fourth-graders are not proficient readers, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Wisconsin ranks dead last in reading achievement among black students, falling 31 places since 1992. The numbers are no better for white or Hispanic students.
That's why I am working on legislation with Senator Kathy Bernier of Chippewa Falls to turn those numbers around. Our bill will increase reading assessments and keep parents in the loop on how well their child is reading. We are currently seeking co-sponsors for this important bill.