Response to Intervention
Approximately two-thirds of eighth- and twelfth- grade students read at less than the “proficient” level as described by NAEP (National Institute for Literacy, 2006).
Approximately 32 percent of high school graduates are not ready for college-level English composition courses (ACT, 2005).
Over half of adults scoring at the lowest literacy levels are drop-outs and almost a quarter are high school graduates (NCES, 2005).
Approximately 40 percent of high school graduates lack the literacy skills employers seek (Achieve, Inc., 2005).
U.S. drop-outs’ literacy skills are lower than most industrialized nations, performing comparably only to Chile, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia (OECD, 2000).
A full 70 percent of U.S. middle and high school students require differentiated instruction—that is, instruction targeted to their individual strengths and weaknesses (Alliance for Excellent Education for the Carnegie Corporation of New York).