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May 28, 2015

Literacy Expert: Weak Readers Lack Fluency, Not Critical Thinking

Students who are far from reading on grade level should not be expected to meet the higher expectations of the Common Core State Standards in a year or two, said literacy expert David Liben.

May 14, 2015

Study: Summer Reading Loss Reversed When Students Get Books to Keep

Summer reading loss was not only stopped, but turned around among low-income students in a two-year study of a program developed by Reading is Fundamental that gave away hundreds of thousands of books.

May 14, 2015

Reading Fluency: Why Is It So Hard to Teach?

The leap from decoding to fluent reading for many students is huge.

May 12, 2015

Report: More Books for Rural Kids, Classrooms, May Decrease Summer Learning Loss

Many students involved in the national study avoided summer learning loss and in some cases, showed reading improvement between spring and fall.

April 30, 2015

Obama Announces Effort to Bring Free E-Books to Low-Income Children

Today at a library in southeast Washington, President Barack Obama announced that major book publishers have committed to making 10,000 e-books, worth a total of about $250 million, freely available to students.

April 28, 2015

How Much Reading Should We Expect of Kindergartners? A Look at the Standards

The Common Core State Standards require students to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding" by the end of kindergarten. How different is that from previous standards?

April 22, 2015

Video: A Reason to Read: Driving Deep Analysis

High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling challenges her students' thinking by having them apply their knowledge of a text and create a prototype of a person who pushes the limits.

April 20, 2015

iPads, E-Readers, and Early Literacy: Emerging Research From AERA

Four pending studies presented at AERA offer surprising findings and a nuanced look at the use of iPads and e-readers with young children.

April 17, 2015

U.S. Students Awful at Evaluating Reliability of Online Science Readings

Fewer than 4 percent of students in a new study displayed the skills to effectively evaluate the reliability and credibility of online science information.

April 15, 2015

Previewing the 2015 AERA Conference, in Plain English

A preview of the jargon-filled annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, written at a 5th-grade reading level.

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