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July 26, 2016

U.S. Teachers Score Below Average on Numeracy Skills

Researchers find that U.S. teachers perform about as well as other American college graduates in literacy skills, but lag both fellow college-educated Americans and their international peers in math skills.

July 19, 2016

The Melania Trump Plagiarism Charge: A Teachable Moment?

A scenario familiar to many classroom teachers is playing out on a much bigger scale at the Republican National Convention.

July 08, 2016

Elie Wiesel's Memory Lives On in English Classrooms Through 'Night'

Wiesel, who died at age 87, wrote dozens of books, the first and perhaps most influential of which was Night, a Holocaust memoir that's taught in middle and high school classrooms around the world.

July 06, 2016

Should Teachers Still Be Using 'Just Right' Books?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the idea that students should mainly read texts at their "instructional level" simply isn't backed by research.

June 24, 2016

1 in 5 Teachers Unfamiliar With the Common-Core Standards for Writing

A recent survey finds that teachers say the common-core standards have led them to focus more on teaching writing than they have in the past, and yet they haven't gotten the proper training to do so.

June 09, 2016

'Maker Spaces' and Literacy Instruction: Playing With Story

As maker spaces become increasingly common in K-12 schools, one school librarian argues that the philosophy of making can lead to creative literacy instruction.

May 24, 2016

A Look at 4th and 5th Grade Students' Digital Literacy Skills

A survey of how 4th and 5th grade students read online finds that girls significantly outperform boys with digital skills such as searching for and communicating information.

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 29, 2016

Reactions to 12th Grade NAEP Declines? Mostly Tempered

When the scores for 4th and 8th grades were released in October, and showed declines as well, there was all sorts of chatter about where to place the blame. So far, the most recent 12th grade scores haven't caused the same kind of finger-pointing.

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