The Summer Learning Workgroup is dedicated to using data and working collaboratively in order to enhance partner services which ensure the sustainable literacy progress of K‐3 students in Fresno County.
National research indicates that students not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school. In Fresno County, only an estimated 30.43% of all students are proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade. Also, based on the available data, the average reading proficiency rate for 1st graders is 38% and 22% for 2nd graders. Furthermore, research also shows that a child who cannot read on grade‐level by the end of 3rd grade has little chance of catching up, and this problem is particularly relevant for children in low‐income families. Census data on Fresno reported in 2013 indicated that 39.6% of children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty, however, recent data indicates that approximately 76% of Fresno elementary students qualify for free/reduced lunch (federal program based on the families with household income at or below the poverty level).