Why Screening All Children Early is Important
Because children entering Kindergarten start with varying skill levels, it is important to identify and provide the necessary skills in the beginning of their academic career for success. Early intervention can prevent failure later in the child’s educational career. For some children, reading will not be difficult, but we know if taught the five components of reading success identified by the NRP, NELP, and the IES on Foundational and Comprehension Skills, all will benefit. Waiting to fail is not an appropriate option.
Why Reading is Important
The development of strong reading skills is the foundational academic ability required for all learning in school and throughout adult life. Reading difficulties are the most common cause of academic failure and underachievement. Children who fall behind at an early age (K and grade 1) fall further behind over time. According to researchers at Yale, three-quarters of students who are poor readers at the end of third grade will continue to be poor readers in high school. For low-income children, reading readiness gaps fuel what later become achievement gaps, but we know children can learn to read and the vast majority of students can master foundational reading skills if taught appropriately using the evidence base.