Struggling Learners

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Mathematics Dyscalculia and Dyslexia: Reading Disabilities Offer Insights for Math Support
Many students with math disabilities also have dyslexia. New research into the overlap reveals clues that could shape better math interventions.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 1, 2023
8 min read
Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Closing the Reading Achievement Gap
This Spotlight will empower you with expert advice on helping students with complex texts and more.
April 14, 2023
A seventh grade student reads a book in the library at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 12, 2020.
A seventh grade student reads a book in the library at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta on Feb. 12, 2020.
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Reading & Literacy Why One State Extended Reading Supports Through Middle School
Virginia will now require schools to offer dedicated support for struggling readers through 8th grade.
Sarah Schwartz, April 7, 2023
5 min read
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Reading & Literacy What Can Schools Do When Older Students Can’t Read?
Some upper elementary students struggle with foundational reading skills. Here's how schools can identify and serve them.
Sarah Schwartz, March 6, 2023
3 min read
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Student Achievement Q&A ED's Research Chief: We Don't Understand Our Most Struggling Learners
A federal education research agency launches new programs to study pandemic learning recovery and a call to fill data gaps
Sarah D. Sparks, January 19, 2023
3 min read
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Student Achievement The Pace of Learning Recovery Is Inequitable, New Data Show
Lower-scoring students are making gains at a slower rate than their higher-scoring peers.
Sarah Schwartz, November 16, 2022
2 min read
Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Adolescent Reading
This Spotlight will empower you with strategies for supporting students with better reading habits, high-impact tutoring research, and more.
July 15, 2022
Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Equity in Literacy Education
This Spotlight will help you reflect on why educators need to make literacy accessible, individualized, and inclusive.
April 4, 2022
Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Supporting Struggling Readers
This Spotlight will empower you to help struggling readers who feel ashamed; support older students who lag in reading, and more.
March 16, 2022
Reading & Literacy Online Summit Supporting Struggling Readers: Challenges and Strategies for Educators
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on how to help struggling readers as they catch up on crucial literacy skills.
February 16, 2022
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Special Report Supporting Struggling Readers
This report examines what's known about supporting older readers who need help building their literacy skills and how to do so effectively.
January 4, 2022
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English-Language Learners Essential Practices for Building Literacy in Older English-Learners
Here are some guiding principles and practices to develop and strengthen literacy skills in middle and high school English-learners.
Catherine Gewertz, January 4, 2022
9 min read
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School & District Management Staffing Shortages Are Hurting Students Who Need Extra Reading Support
As schools try to support older students who need reading help, they’re bumping up against personnel issues due to the pandemic.
Mark Lieberman, January 4, 2022
6 min read