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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This is a sad state of affairs. Our board spent a lot of money on helping teachers learn how to teach these skills.
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