The 90% Reading Goal


Lynn Fielding, Nancy Kerr, and Paul Rosier (originally published in 1998)

This book guides educational leaders in establishing the policies, tests, staff training, and resource allocation to assure that 90% of third graders read at or above grade level. It describes Kennewick School District's (WA) successful journey toward the goal that 90% of its students read on grade level by the end of third grade. Companion book to "Annual Growth, Catch Up Growth."

"Recent studies conclude that 85% to 90% of even our poorest readers can be taught to read at grade level."

- Robert Slavin, Johns Hopkins University

"We have learned that for 90% to 95% of poor readers, prevention and early intervention programs...can increase reading skills to average reading levels. We have also learned that if we delay intervention until nine years of age, approximately 75% of the children will continue to have difficulties learning to read throughout high school."

- G. Reid Lyon, Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development