Minnesota Literacy Statistics
"Reading is the key to everything. Teaching children to read is a fundamental moral obligation of the society. That 27 percent are at serious risk of crippling illiteracy is an outrageous scandal."
- Garrison Keillor
63 percent of Minnesota's fourth graders are NOT proficient in reading.
27 percent of Minnesota's fourth graders are functionally illiterate.
64 percent of Minnesota's eighth graders are NOT proficient in reading.
20 percent of Minnesota's eighth graders are functionally illiterate.
Students not proficient at reading by the beginning of third grade have only a 25 percent chance of catching up over their entire public school experience.
Between Caucasian and African American students, Minnesota has the highest achievement gap in the nation.
 MN NAEP scores for fourth grade http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2007/2007497MN4.pdf
 MN NAEP eighth grade http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2007/2007497MN8.pdf
 According to research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 NAEP Grade 4 Reading Average Scale Score (page 4): http://www2.edtrust.org/edtrust/summaries2006/Minnesota