Report: Many Kids Lack Cognitive Skills Needed to Succeed

November 5, 2013

"Investing in our kids in these early years improves their opportunities, but it also benefits our entire state in the long run."

Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Project Director of Kids Count in Michigan.

A new study says only one in three children in the U-S has the cognitive skills they need by third grade to become successful adults. The Kids Count national report is based on how well children performed on national math, reading, and science assessments. The study also says only one in five kids from low-income families met or exceeded the national average scores on those tests. Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count in Michigan. She tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that if too many children fail to meet those standards, society suffers. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.