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Reading & Literacy Series

The Reading Agenda

About this series: The federal government is betting nearly a billion dollars a year that using a more explicit and systematic approach to reading instruction will improve student achievement. In this two-part series researched over the past year, Education Week found that officials are putting their faith in a select group of scholars, a small body of research, and a handful of commercial products to get the job done.

Reading & Literacy L.A. Students Get Reading By the Book
Teachers and administrators throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District expressed concerns after officials announced in 1999 that most of the district’s 425 elementary schools would be required to use Open Court Reading. Includes: "Leading Commercial Series Don’t Satisfy 'Gold Standard.'"
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, October 1, 2004
13 min read
Reading & Literacy In Crowd Gets Large Share of Contracting Work
The spells of reform that have characterized the field of reading over the past several decades have often showered favor on their respective heroes and shunned others with rival views.
September 22, 2004
6 min read
G. Reid Lyon
G. Reid Lyon rallies educators and policymakers to embrace the lessons science holds for reading instruction from his post at the National Institutes of Health.
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Reading & Literacy Select Group Ushers In Reading Policy
With increasing attention focused on reading achievement and the potential for policy to bring higher standards to instruction, the reading agenda once controlled by those in academe is now being set more and more by Washington.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, September 21, 2004
11 min read