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Literacy Crisis

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Struggling Readers Governor Newsom just signed a new law called the Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (SB 114). This law requires that all kids K-2nd be screened for reading difficulties, like dyslexia. What Does it Mean? The State Board of Education will create rules and pick special tools to test students’ reading skills. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will be required to select screening tools from the approved list provided by the State Board of Education. These tools will be used for annual screening of students in grades K-2. Schools will use these tools every year… Read More »Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40+ Years

According to the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP), 66% of fourth-grade students are reading below grade level. Meaning, only 24% of fourth graders are reading at or above grade level. What’s worse is that these scores HAVE NOT improved in OVER 30 YEARS since the NAEP began this assessment in 1992. fhis 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… Read More »The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40+ Years