Children who have made the leap to fluent reading will learn exponentially, while those who haven’t will slump.
By ANNIE MURPHY PAUL
Take a guess: What is the single most important year of an individual’s academic career? The answer isn’t junior year of high school, or senior year of college. It’s third grade.
What makes success in third grade so significant? It’s the year that students move from learning to read — decoding words using their knowledge of the alphabet — to reading to learn.