4th grade http://michiganradio.org en Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigans-low-income-4th-graders-need-improve-their-reading-proficiency <p>A new report finds Michigan’s poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.</p><p></p><p>According to the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently. Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.</p><p></p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan. She says fourth grade is a pivotal age, since that’s where children stop learning to read and start reading to learn.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16201 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency