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The HCI Reading Proficiency indicator measures the proportion of students at either the third or fourth grade with the ability to read at, or above, their grade level. Children with high reading levels by fourth grade are more likely to graduate from high school and have better health as they get older. High reading proficiency has been linked to a reduction in alcohol abuse, violence, diabetes, retinopathy, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, hospitalization, HIV, cancer, and asthma. Although featured in the Educational Opportunities domain, reading proficiency is also tied to the employment, economic health, social cohesion, health systems and public safety, and neighborhood characteristics domains. The percent of third or fourth grade students meeting or exceeding “proficient” reading levels is available from local school systems.
|Lower South Providence||52.8%||15|
|Upper South Providence||53.2%||14|