Sunday, April 26, 2009
Disadvantaged students in the first grade have a vocabulary that is approximately half that of an advantaged student (2,900 and 5,800 respectively).
Five to six year olds have a vocabulary of 2,500-5,000 words.
54 percent of all teachers have limited English proficient (LEP) students in their classrooms, yet only one-fifth of teachers feel very prepared to serve them.
33% of children in California will not finish high school.
The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough.
The average student learns about 3,000 words per year in the early school years (8 words per day).
14% of all individuals have a learning disability.
It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems.
Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether.