WPR News
7:24 am
Mon September 13, 2010

State superintendent candidate says reading is priority

Laramie, WY – The Democratic candidate for State Superintendent says Wyoming needs to improve reading skills for young students. State Senator Mike Massie says results from testing third graders are too low. On Wyoming's student exam only about half of third graders scored at proficient or above in reading. And on a national test only 33 percent of fourth graders were proficient or above. Massie says reading skills at an early age are vital for success later on.

"Essentially a person who is proficient in reading by the end of third grade is a tax payer later in life rather than a tax user," said Massie.

More parents reading with children, screen and assess reading in kindergarten through grade three, make sure course standards for reading are the most rigorous possible, involve county libraries with reading programs and have University of Wyoming help train teachers in how to improve reading.