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Book Buddies is a program of the Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force which works toward realizing the following goals:
- All children will come to school ready to learn.
- All students will be reading on grade level by second grade.
- All parents will be equipped to support their child's education.
- All adults will be supportive of the Bartholomew County Literacy Initiatives.
Did You Know?
- Children reading below grade level at the end of first grade only have a one in eight chance of ever catching up without significant intervention.
- Thirty-six percent of the second graders in Bartholomew County do not read well enough to pass the third grade Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP).
- Planning for the number of prison cells needed in Indiana is based on the number of students not passing ISTEP in 3rd grade.
- 36% of Bartholomew County students are not meeting the requirements for their grade level.
- 75% of struggling readers at the end of fourth grade will continue to struggle in high school and drop out.