More than 90 percent of Johnson County third-graders passed the state’s mandatory test of reading competency. Many of those who didn’t pass will receive extra instruction and likely will pass the test when it is administered again this summer.
The youngsters’ performance is significant because of the importance of reading in learning. Reading is a foundational skill. That is, it’s one on which all other academic areas rely.
During kindergarten through first grade, students are learning how to learn. After that, they use those skills to learn other subjects. As one teacher put it: Up to Grade 3, students learn to read. From then on, they read to learn.