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Tackling California’s Literacy Crisis: The Science of Reading and Evidence-Based Instruction

Literacy is a Civil Right In 1997, to address the literacy crisis, congress along with the NICHD and the U.S. Dept of Education appointed a National Reading Panel made up of 14 educators and scientists to evaluate existing research and evidence to find the best ways of teaching children to read. The NRP concluded their research and submitted their final report on April 13, 2000. Over 20 years ago, the federal government released an extensive review of research that took place over decades by the National Reading Panel (NRP). The federal government The NRP published a 449 page review of the… Read More »Tackling California’s Literacy Crisis: The Science of Reading and Evidence-Based Instruction

California’s Literacy Crisis: Science of Reading Has Taken Decades to Reach Classrooms

California is facing a literacy crisis. According to recent data, nearly 60% of California’s fourth-grade students are not proficient in reading, and this number is even higher for students from low-income families and students of color. This is a serious problem that must be addressed if we want to ensure that all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. For students to become proficient readers, they need to develop strong phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words), phonics (the understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds), vocabulary, and… Read More »California’s Literacy Crisis: Science of Reading Has Taken Decades to Reach Classrooms