Building Literacy Skills
The state of reading instruction in grades K-3
May 13, 2015
Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis—and concern—for educators and policymakers. That's in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don't read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.
- Reading & Literacy Should 3rd Grade Be the Pivot Point for Early Reading?New research calls into question the widespread practice of retaining students in 3rd grade based on their reading proficiency.Education Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Reading DevelopmentThere are common misconceptions about how students master literacy in the early grades. This interactive quiz, based on research, will test your knowledge of early reading development.Reading & Literacy Under Common Core, Students Learn Words by Learning About the WorldUnder the common core, teachers are building students' vocabulary skills by teaching words in context, rather than through word lists.