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I find this information very interesting and want to dig into certain aspects of it a bit more. Specifically, the rates of non-white children that have reading disabilities. I can understand if a child is from a home that primarily speaks a different language than english, they would have a harder time grasping english reading and catching on to the "alphabetic principle." Also, if I were to make a guess or assumption about children in poverty, I would think they or their parents don't have access to the resources to learn skills necessary for reading. However, what is the theory behind the high percentage of black students? Is there an economic factor associated with this statistic kris it across all levels of income?

I'm also curious about the Hispanic children statistics. Are these based on the ability to read english books and exercises? Are they are able to meet reading requirements if they read books and lessons in their native language? I understand that tests in American schools are given in english and children attending class in America need to be fluent in english but, at such a young age, is this an unfair requirement. Should requirements be adjusted for the younger grades and gradually meet American requirements as they age older?

I will say that this article drove home an assumption I already had but, made very clear for me - it is apparent that reading is not just a job left to teachers and schools. Parents need to plant the seed before their child enters school and they have to take an interest in ensuring their child is ready. It's a team effort!

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