Catalyst Chicago

While most high school freshmen read at or just slightly below grade level, there’s another aspect of the teen literacy challenge: students who reach high school but read several years below grade level. 

Twenty-six percent of CPS freshmen read more than two years below grade level on the EXPLORE test, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Overall, 17 high schools posted average scores below 12 on the EXPLORE—the cutoff score for students to be more than two years behind...