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September 23, 2014

'Banned Books Week' Spotlights Censorship Efforts

The 32-year-old event encourages the reading of books that have been challenged or banned from bookstores and libraries.

August 27, 2014

N.Y.C. Chancellor Pushes for Schools to Reinstate Independent-Reading Time

Reading instruction is making its way back into the public eye under New York City's new school chancellor.

July 10, 2014

A Return to 'Balanced Literacy'?

The new schools chancellor in New York City is advocating teachers use the once-mandated citywide but since questioned (discredited, by some accounts) approach to reading instruction known as "balanced literacy."

June 12, 2014

Promotion of 3rd Graders Tied to Reading Scores Under New S.C. Law

Third graders in South Carolina who cannot demonstrate reading proficiency on a state test will be held back starting in the 2017-18 school year, according to legislation just signed by the governor.

May 30, 2014

Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Features Focus on 3rd Grade Reading

A presidential task force cites key points in the lives of young men of color that deserve special focus, including early-childhood support and graduating high school ready for college.

May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, Renowned Poet, Dies at 86

Maya Angelou, eminent poet and memoirist, died at age 86.

May 22, 2014

Oklahoma Ends Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Who Fail Reading Test

In Oklahoma, thousands of students will now be able to move from 3rd to 4th grade despite having failed a state standardized reading test.

May 14, 2014

What the NAEP Data Tell Us About Seniors' Interests and Experiences

The latest round of NAEP results for 12th graders delves into a variety of contextual factors, including math courses students have taken and their attitudes toward reading.

May 08, 2014

Children Choose Below-Grade-Level Books Starting in Middle School, Study Finds

An examination of what students choose for their "outside" reading in grades 1 through 12 shows disconcerting patterns taking hold in middle school.

April 14, 2014

Captain Underpants, Bluest Eye, Top ALA List of Most Challenged Books

The American Library Association's annual 'State of the Libraries' list singles out books that are most often challenged as inappropriate reading for young people.

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