The 90% Reading Goal


This book, originally published in 1998, guides educational leaders in establishing the policies, tests, staff training, and resource allocation to assure that 90% of third graders read at or above grade level. It describes Kennewick School District's (WA) successful journey toward the goal that 90% of its students read on grade level by the end of third grade. Companion book to "Annual Growth, Catch Up Growth."

"Recent studies conclude that 85% to 90% of even our poorest readers can be taught to read at grade level."

- Robert Slavin, Johns Hopkins University

"We have learned that for 90% to 95% of poor readers, prevention and early intervention programs...can increase reading skills to average reading levels. We have also learned that if we delay intervention until nine years of age, approximately 75% of the children will continue to have difficulties learning to read throughout high school."

- G. Reid Lyon, Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development