Supporting Struggling Readers
January 4, 2022
Students who are still behind in reading when they pass the crucial 3rd grade threshold can find themselves in a vicious circle: struggling to catch up on fundamental literacy skills as they face increasing academic demands that require those skills. Educators and experts in the science of reading have identified strategies to help older readers who need it. But the availability of these supports and the knowledge and ability of educators to use them remains uneven. This Education Week special report digs into what’s known about supporting older readers, how teachers and others can use these tools effectively, and what’s required to assure these resources are available equitably.
- Reading & Literacy How Schools Can Support Older Students Who Lag in ReadingMany older students have gaps in their foundational reading skills, limiting their ability to access grade-level work.Reading & Literacy The Benefits of Intensive Tutoring for Older ReadersResearch backs high-impact tutoring for older readers. But schools face barriers including cost and staffing.Reading & Literacy What Teachers Can Do to Help Struggling Readers Who Feel AshamedStudents who are ashamed of not being able to read on grade level tend to withdraw from class or act out, experts say.Reading & Literacy How to Nurture Lifelong Readers in a Digital AgeResearch suggests fewer students read longer texts for pleasure, particularly digitally. Teachers can help to create better reading habits.School & District Management Staffing Shortages Are Hurting Students Who Need Extra Reading SupportAs schools try to support older students who need reading help, they’re bumping up against personnel issues due to the pandemic.English-Language Learners Essential Practices for Building Literacy in Older English-LearnersHere are some guiding principles and practices to develop and strengthen literacy skills in middle and high school English-learners.