Standardized tests continue to show that a majority of California students perform below grade level in measures of reading and literacy. The stakes are very high: research shows that students who aren’t reading at grade level by the third grade will struggle to catch up throughout their education career. California has recently launched an urgent effort to improve reading literacy for all children, especially in the early grades. Read more about this work in our special report, California’s Reading Dilemma.
A new paper aims to find consensus about literacy curriculum for English language learners and other students and early screeners for reading.
Strong parent-teacher partnerships and evidence-based reading strategies are key, panelists said at a roundtable hosted by EdSource.
What should parents do if they notice their child is falling behind in reading?
Delays put more students at risk of falling seriously behind, advocates say.
Was a quick computer distribution during Covid, a literacy initiative or a combination of factors, plus random error, behind a surprising 8th grade score in Los Angeles Unified?
California needs to be screening all K-2 students for dyslexia and should also mandate that districts use literacy curriculum based on the science of reading.
Teachers become gatekeepers to books, a longstanding practice in many schools where the assigned reading level is treated as a sacred cow.
One key way to fight falling test scores, experts suggest, is to dig deep into the exhaustive body of research on how the brain learns to read.
The scores may be grim, some say, but they're far from shocking. Some experts warn that cratering test scores warn of a system that was broken long before the pandemic.
Accreditation of California teacher preparation programs will hinge on whether they follow new literacy standards that focus more intensely on foundational reading skills.
Doing nothing is not an option, experts say. Poor literacy can impact a person’s lifetime income potential by up to 42%.
Most districts used the same three core reading programs from the State Board of Education’s 2015 list of pre-approved curricula
3,200 college students from 46 campuses will receive $10,000 stipend; half will tutor in 33 school districts, after-school programs in service programs modeled after AmeriCorps and Peace Corps.
Watch how one school embraces the science of reading and phonics to teach children to read.
Tracking the same students over time reveals previously unseen improvements in reading after third grade.