“TOO MANY STUDENTS STRUGGLE WITH READING”: Excerpts from this article

Literacy Lessons

The August 14th, 2018’s Houston Chronicle, included this excellent article by Esther J. Cepeda (Writer forThe Washington Post) on the editorial page. She states that the most often heard request at a parent-teacher conference is they want “Johnny” to read better. She continues:

“Difficulties with reading are a major roadblock to students’ overall academic success, and the statistics are startling.” She gives averages, and points out that statistics for “black, Hispanic, and Native American-Pacific Islander students are even lower.”  “Nearly a third of all fourth graders failed to reach a ” basic” level of reading ability, according to a 2017 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Nation’s Report Card on Reading.”

Of specific interest to this former junior high language arts teacher, is the statistic from this same 2017 report that “by eighth grade nearly a quarter of students still didn’t have such basic skills as identifying statements…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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