Third Grade Reading/Sixth Grade Math
Children who graduate from high school are more likely to get stable jobs that can sustain a family and enable them to contribute to the local economy. United Way of Greater Topeka is working to reduce the achievement gap in third grade reading and sixth grade math. Failures in sixth grade can be used to identify 60% of the students who will not graduate from high school.
Reading is a key component to learning – even predicting math test scores as fifth-grade math tests are mostly word problems. Growing up in poverty can result in a smaller vocabulary, less time spent listening to books being read aloud and significantly lower kindergarten readiness scores. United Way targets these students for extra help knowing that increasing their success will have rippling benefits for their schools as well.
United Way is working with more than a dozen partners to provide tutoring, to offer opportunities for families to be more closely connected with schools and to deliver continuous learning opportunities for students throughout the year. United Way is also a partner in the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading.