Saturday, October 1, 2022

Ed Lab Live: National Experts and Educators Share Reading Tools for Students with Difficulties

Across the United States, students struggle to read and understand what is being taught in their classrooms.

Before the pandemic, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation’s report card, showed declines in state literacy rates between 2017 and 2019, i.e. in recent years of data reporting. Nearly two-thirds of American students cannot read at their grade level.

Washington’s fourth and eighth grade test scores have changed little over the past 20 years. The NAEP estimates that only 35% of fourth graders in the state and 38% of eighth graders in the state achieved high enough scores to be considered expert readers in 2019.

Numerous studies from the era of the pandemic tell us that reading levels have plummeted in some children since then, which is disappointing for everyone.

So how can we help children get back on track?

New government policies and school practices are showing signs of success in helping children catch up.

On Wednesday, The Seattle Times published a six-story series describing the problem and proposing some solutions to improve literacy among schoolchildren under 12. The stories were prepared in collaboration with The Christian Science Monitor; Hechinger’s Report; Solutions Journalism Network; and Education Labs at, The Dallas Morning News, and The Fresno Bee.

The Seattle Times will host a free webinar on the topic on Tuesday, November 16 at 4:00 pm with a Texas classroom teacher and curriculum specialist, Washington State District Superintendent and Key Reading Plan Architect in Mississippi. … Together they will discuss systemic barriers and how to address them to better reach and educate readers with difficulties.

The panelists include:

  • Kimyona Burk, Ed.D., Senior Fellow at ExcelinEd and Former Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Office of the Jackson School District in Mississippi
  • Paul Gordon, Ed.D., Superintendent of Wenatchee School District 246, Chelan County, Washington
  • Becky Krishnak, MD, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Midlothian Integrated School District, Ellis County, Texas
  • Daniel Moore, first grade teacher of Baxter Primary School, also from Midlothian ISD

Visit to register. The program will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live.

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