Despite exceeding \"national norms,\" the DesMoinesRegister.com reports that
of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.\" The newspaper\'s
analysis of data collected by the state on student achievement also concluded
32% of Iowa\'s fourth-graders \"were struggling readers.\"
32% of Iowa\'s eighth-graders \"were below their grade level.\"
30-38% of 11th-graders \"from Iowa\'s largest districts - Des Moines, Davenport,
Sioux City, Dubuque, Waterloo and Council Bluffs.... struggled with reading.\"
The article notes a \"connection between dropout rates and reading skills,\"
and explains that in reponse to student\'s low test scores, high school
teachers in Des Moines \"attended classes on how to incorporate reading
instruction into their teaching.\"