10/1/2013 8:37 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - More than seven in ten West Virginia children aren't reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
That's according to the latest findings from West Virginia Kids Count. An info-graphic released Tuesday showed that 73% of kids failed to meet the standards. That's five percentage points worse than the nation's average.
Executive Director Margie Hale said three-fourths of those children will remain poor readers throughout high school, and that one in six won't graduate. Hale also said the state is failing it's youngest children and must do better.