The DABC will act locally and nationally to support Black children who are Dyslexic by empowering Black families and concerned communities. The approach focuses on raising awareness about Dyslexia and effective reading instruction, transforming barriers to literacy through education and empowerment, and confronting racial bias in public education through collaboration and action.
We are facing a national literacy crisis, which disproportionately affects Black students.
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation. Among 4th graders, only 10% of African-American boys living in poverty, scored at or above 4th-grade proficiency level.
82% of Black or African-American fourth graders scored below proficient reading level compared to 66% of all fourth graders.
This level only increased to 26% for African American boys not living in poverty (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Reading Assessment; KIDS COUNT.).