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May 10, 2010

Creeping Kudzu and Teaching Writing: the Connection

The editor of a journal for student research papers argues that an "evidence-based" approach to literacy instruction can undermine good teaching.

May 07, 2010

Friday Reading Roundup

Stories worth reading on what makes schools for boys of color work, and on reading-comprehension research.

May 04, 2010

Common-Standards Writers Speak: Chapter 2

We don't get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews w...

April 14, 2010

Writing Can Improve Reading Skill, Study Finds

Key strategies to build students' writing skills can enhance their reading comprehension, a new report says.

April 12, 2010

Tackling Boys' Reading Difficulties

The education gaps between boys and girls have long drawn attention. For a while, the focus was on girls lagging behind boys in math and science. More lately, attention has been focusing on how boys trail behind girls in reading. A new report by the Center on Education Policy examines this issue. (...

March 25, 2010

Exclusion Rates in NAEP: A Pot Still Simmering

Questions persist about the effect of exclusion rates on NAEP scores.

March 24, 2010

NAEP Reading Scores Out Today

NAEP scores in 4th grade and 8th grade reading are being released today.

March 10, 2010

Praise and Criticism for Grade-by-Grade Common Standards

There is an interesting mix of reactions taking shape to the first public draft of the K-12 common standards. (Yes, these folks viewed advance, embargoed copies, or already had the draft because it's been circulated among state leaders.) Check out our story on, and check back again a...

February 24, 2010

A Call Goes Out: Save Federal Aid for Reading Is Fundamental

Something tells me that a "Dear Colleague" letter circulating in Congress to shore up federal support for the Reading Is Fundamental program is just one of many such letters making the rounds in response to President Obama's recent budget request. The bipartisan letter by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnso...

January 29, 2010

'Anne Frank' Too Risque for One School's Reading List

The Diary of Anne Frank is pulled from a school's reading list because a parent complains about its sexual themes.

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