New Study Links Third-grade Reading Levels To High School Graduation Rates

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - When primary students struggle with reading, there's a lot more at stake than test scores. According to a recent study entitled "Double Jeopardy -How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation," there is a direct and very profound correlation between reading levels at grade three and high school graduation rates. More specifically, one in six children who are not reading proficiently in the third grade fail to graduate from high school on time - four times the rate for children with proficient third-grade reading skills.

As the author notes, "Third grade is an important pivot point in a child's education, the time when students shift from learning to read and beginning reading to learn. Interventions for struggling readers after third grade are seldom as effective as those in the early years."

The Connection Between Hearing and Learning
Better reading starts with better hearing, and that's why FrontRow - an international classroom sound amplification company - creates wireless systems to project a teacher's voice throughout the room. All students, no matter where they're seated, are able to properly hear and understand the lesson.

(To see how FrontRow impacts learning in the classroom, view this video:

In the primary grades especially, having clarity of instruction is extremely important. According to Carol Flexer, renowned audiologist, "Most of the information children acquire in school is communicated through speaking and listening. Being able to hear verbal communication in elementary classrooms is a fundamental factor accounting for learning the phonology of speech, which underlies learning to read." Because they can hear that much better, students using classroom sound amplification have an easier time mastering phonological skills, such as identifying sounds in words, blending sounds to put words together, recognizing words that rhyme, and more - all which are fundamental to reading.

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For more information on FrontRow classroom sound systems and their impact on literacy and learning, please visit or call 1-800-340-9894.

Media Contact: 
Nicole McPherson
FrontRow Marketing Manager
1-800-340-9894, ext. 5333

For more information on FrontRow classroom sound amplification systems and their impact on literacy and learning, please visit or call 1-800-340-9894.

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