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Improving Literacy in Houston

According to a report from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, roughly 330,000 Houstonians are functionally illiterate. While some 60 percent of Houston’s kids lack requisite reading-readiness skills upon entering kindergarten. And only 20 percent of third graders performed at an advanced level on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading exam. […]

According to a report from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, roughly 330,000 Houstonians are functionally illiterate. While some 60 percent of Houston’s kids lack requisite reading-readiness skills upon entering kindergarten. And only 20 percent of third graders performed at an advanced level on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading exam.

Since September of last year, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has been trying to change those numbers. We learn what they’ve accomplished thus far.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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