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Cost of private School in NYC (Little Red School House) kindergarten through fifth grade: $161,590

Cost of private School in Ohio (The Cincinnati Country Day School) kindergarten through fifth grade: $89,730

Stylish backpack: $24

Lunchbox: $12.95

Pencil case (including four pencils): $5.95

Six years’ worth of NYC public school lunches at $1.50 a pop: $1170

4 years of violin classes, including a rented violin: $1472

4 years of kids’ martial arts classes: $1820

4 years of kids’ yoga classes: $2880

4 years of kids’ dance classes: $4760

Proportion of children with some letter recognition skills in the spring semester of their kindergarten year: 95%

Proportion of children who could understand words read in context at the start of first grade: 48%

According to the National Assessment of Educational Programs 2000 assessment of fourth-graders’ reading ability:

The proportion of fourth-graders with reading skills below the basic level was: 37%

The proportion of fourth-graders with reading skills at the advanced level was: 8%

Proportion of students who read every day for fun: 43%

Proportion of students who hardly ever read for fun: 14%

Proportion of students who have two or fewer types of reading materials at home: 32%

Proportion of students with four or more types of reading materials at home: 34%

Literacy rank of the US among 17 high-income countries: 10

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