San Joaquin County Schools Lag Behind, But Progressing



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Good evening whirled the dragonfly, lighting above the water." Nine-year-old Elijah Mitchell is reading to students at El Concilio Preschool in Stockton.

University of the Pacific compiled a report card showing that only 34 percent of third graders in San Joaquin County were proficient in English.

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However, Pacific School of Education Dean Lynn Beck says truancy is down, preschool enrollment is up, and one other critical factor shows improvement.

"Birth to moms without a high school education including teen moms has dropped, so we want moms to get high school diplomas." - Lynn Beck, Pacific School of Education

Maricela Gonzales says reading to her two young boys has made a difference. "The reading actually helps me bond with my children, it helps them bond with me also," she says.

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The report stresses that the ability to read proficiently by the third grade is crucial a child's future education.

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