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.

46.6%

Reading proficiency rate for CCSD 3rd graders in 2018

45.3%

Reading proficiency rate for WCSD 3rd graders in 2018

46.1%

Reading proficiency rate for all Nevada 3rd graders in 2018

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 three years and remains well below the district's goal of 80 percent by 2019. The 46.6 percent proficiency rate achieved in 2018 represents a three year high for CCSD, and was half a percentage point higher than the state 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 at right). 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 two school years.

About the data

The Nevada Department of Education publishes annual accountability reports and data that contain detailed information about the schools and the districts in the State of Nevada, as well as public charter schools. The data is aggregated from data submitted by local school district officials, and is produced in compliance with both state and federal law. 


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Last updated: November 2018