States and Nation Focus on Elementary Reading

June 29, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Education Week has a good article today about the push to focus on reading abilities prior to 3rd grade. The article discusses the approach a number of states are taking to focus on clear, comprehensive assessments of student progress, intervention for kids who are struggling and training and tools for teachers so they can better teach kids with differing needs. While it doesn’t highlight the WaKIDS initiative here in Washington, it does outline similar concepts happening elsewhere.

Here’s a quick excerpt which emphazies the reasons Stand for Children and our ESN coalition partners supported expanding the WaKIDs program: “In drafting laws and designing initiatives, politicians and educators are relying on a growing mound of research that points to 3rd grade reading proficiency as a crucial milestone. One of the latest studies, released in April, found that children who aren’t reading on grade level by 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than peers who are. If those struggling readers are poor, they’re 13 times likelier to be high school dropouts than their reading-proficient peers.”

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Entry filed under: Federal education news, News Updates.

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