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February 09, 2016

The Common-Core Reading Standard That Should Have Been

A lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts said she has at least one regret about how the standards turned out: that they don't require students to read a large number of texts independently.

February 05, 2016

New Literacy Program Gives D.C. Children a Free Book Every Month

Through the District of Columbia's new "Books From Birth" literacy initiative, children under 5 years old will be eligible to have a free book sent to their houses every month.

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.

January 12, 2016

2016 Children's Book Award Winners Announced

Matt de la Peña won the 2016 Newbery Medal for "Last Stop on Market Street," and Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King award for "Gone Crazy in Alabama."

January 04, 2016

Can 'Googling' for Texts Motivate Struggling Readers?

Students struggling with reading fluency should be asked a simple question, says educational therapist Diana Black Kennedy: "What do you want to read about today?"

December 28, 2015

Dyslexia Signs Can Show Up Before Early Reading

The academic gaps related to dyslexia can show up in verbal deficiencies years before children traditionally are expected to read.

December 16, 2015

Literacy and Arts Programs See Boost Under Federal Budget Deal

Congress released a budget deal that would give several literacy programs an increase in funding, and keep funding for STEM partnerships and Advanced Placement steady.

December 09, 2015

How Literacy Programs and School Libraries Fare Under the New Federal Bill

A look at the literacy provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act illustrates just how differently the federal government sees its role in reading instruction than it did 14 years ago.

November 24, 2015

Gender Gaps Found to Be Wider in Print Than Digital Reading

Girls outperform boys in reading, but the gender gap shrinks when digital texts are used, according to a new analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

November 19, 2015

These Vending Machines Serve Short Stories

A French publisher has designed a vending machine that dispenses short stories. Does it have utility in school settings?

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