Education

Third Grade Reading Proficiency

Reading proficiency in third grade is an important predictor of high school graduation, educational attainment, and career success. Many students who don’t reach this milestone struggle in subsequent grades and often drop out of high school, which has significant implications on their future employment prospects, health, and other important outcomes.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

46.7%

Reading proficiency rate for CCSD 3rd graders in 2019

44.5%

Reading proficiency rate for WCSD 3rd graders in 2019

46.3%

Reading proficiency rate for all Nevada 3rd graders in 2019

Reading proficiency rates among CCSD third graders remain well below district target

The percentage of CCSD third graders who have tested at or above grade level in reading has seen little improvement over the past four years and remains well below the district's goal of 80 percent, which it had hoped to hit by 2019.

The 46.7 percent proficiency rate achieved in 2019 represents a four-year high for CCSD, and was half a percentage lightly higher than the statewide rate.

While the district also prioritized reducing the achievement gaps between the highest-performing racial and ethnic subgroups, reading proficiency disparities have also held relatively constant since 2016 (see chart below).

The proficiency rates of Asian and white third graders were anywhere from 20 to nearly 40 percentage points higher than their American Indian, Hispanic, and Black peers the past three school years.

Source: Nevada Department of Education