Struggling Learners

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Mathematics Algebra 1 Is a Turning Point. Here’s How to Help Incoming Students
Targeted support is especially urgent in Algebra 1, experts say; the class is a gatekeeper to higher level mathematics.
Sarah Schwartz, June 22, 2021
9 min read
Reading & Literacy Is the Bottom Falling Out for Readers Who Struggle the Most?
A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 15, 2021
5 min read
Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Blended Learning With a Literacy Focus
In this Spotlight, discover the successes of blended learning and more.
May 14, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Struggling Readers Score Lower on Foundational Skills, Analysis of National Test Finds
The results paint a more detailed picture of students who are designated below basic on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah Schwartz, April 27, 2021
4 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion How a Bathroom Log Helped One Middle School Understand Its Literacy Issues
Reading isn’t just a set of skills. Sometimes we need to explore other avenues to help us assist students to become better readers.
Seth Feldman, April 11, 2021
6 min read
Reading & Literacy Advocates for Science-Based Reading Instruction Worry California Plan Sends the Wrong Message
California, which has a mixed history when it comes to evidence-based reading instruction, has a plan to use federal funds for literacy programs that some say are out of sync with the science.
Sarah Schwartz, January 30, 2020
8 min read
Education Opinion Why We Should Let Students Struggle
Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.
Guest Blogger & Loren Baron, August 23, 2019
5 min read
English-Language Learners Study: Repeating 3rd Grade Could Help Struggling English-Learners
New research shows that requiring struggling English-learners to repeat 3rd grade could boost their academic trajectories, helping them learn English faster and take more advanced classes once they reach middle and high school.
Corey Mitchell, February 1, 2019
4 min read
Student Well-Being Can Buddy Reading With a Bot Help Struggling Students?
A new study in the journal Science Robotics suggests social robots can join the ranks of successful study buddies.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 23, 2018
2 min read
Education Opinion 4 Lessons We Can Learn From a Struggling Learner
It's important for those of us who talk about the benefits of failure to actually practice what we preach as well. Here are 4 things a struggling learner would like teachers to know.
Peter DeWitt, March 25, 2018
5 min read
Reading & Literacy Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Struggling Readers?
Quiz Yourself: How are schools helping students who are reading below grade level and how can math and reading interventions go together?
David Rosenzweig, February 13, 2018
1 min read
Student Achievement Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Are Schools Helping Struggling Learners?
Quiz yourself about Response to Intervention and the Every Student Succeeds Act's impact on students with disabilities!
David Rosenzweig, December 12, 2017
1 min read
Teaching Opinion Why Short Stories May Not Help Struggling Readers
For teachers looking to build students' confidence and love of reading, especially in the case of reluctant and struggling readers, short stories may not be a great place to start.
Ariel Sacks, September 14, 2017
4 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion The Importance of Real Reading for Resistant Readers
Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, an English teacher at an alternative high school, says schools do a disservice to struggling students by denying them opportunities for authentic reading experiences.
Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson, April 13, 2016
5 min read