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May 13, 2016

Teaching Reading Via Background Knowledge: Will ESSA Shift Tactics?

At a panel discussion in Washington, reading and policy experts came together to discuss how states can use their new flexibility under ESSA to begin to increase students' reading achievement.

May 04, 2016

New York City Aims to Place Reading Coaches in Every Elementary School

As part of a larger equity-focused agenda announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen FariƱa last fall, New York City public schools are working on a 10-year deadline to get all students reading proficiently by the end of 2nd grade.

April 19, 2016

The Search for Common-Core Curricula: Where Are Teachers Finding Materials?

In common-core states, nearly all math and language arts teachers are at least somewhat reliant on materials they've developed or selected themselves, according to a new nationally representative survey.

April 05, 2016

Podcasts for Kids: Overlooked Classroom Tool?

'Serial' launched something of a podcast revolution. So why are there still so few podcasts for kids?

April 04, 2016

Virginia Won't Require Teachers to Flag Materials With 'Sexually Explicit Content'

The governor vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the only state to require K-12 teachers to identify classroom materials with "sexually explicit content" so that parents could opt their children out of such reading.

March 21, 2016

1st Graders Make Significant Growth With Reading Recovery Program, Study Shows

A new study of Reading Recovery, a 1-on-1 reading intervention program for 1st graders, found that the program had a significant positive impact on students' reading achievement.

March 14, 2016

National Writing Project Shown to Benefit Teachers, Students

The results of a two-year study on the National Writing Project, a teacher professional-development program that's lost federal funding in recent years, show that it had a positive impact on both teachers and students.

February 25, 2016

After Reading, Should Students Discuss the Text or Write About It?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the research is clear: Writing about a text benefits reading comprehension more than talking about it.

February 11, 2016

Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials?

A new study found that teachers are mainly relying on homegrown instructional materials, created either by themselves or their district colleagues, to meet the Common Core State Standards.

January 20, 2016

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

The change was prompted by data showing that students who passed the revised GED are doing better in college than recent high school graduates.

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