Category: Education Statistics

WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE TM Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade  Released in 2016 Recommendation 1. Teach students academic language skills, including the use of inferential and narrative language, and vocabulary knowledge.  Comment: This implies whole word guessing, and “big books” since students have not yet been taught all the Read more…

Teacher Prep Review on Reading 2016

Programs Are Demonstrating Significant Progress *SEE THE ENTIRE NCTQ LANDSCAPES REPORT HERE:  http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/findings/landscapes.do The release examines 875 undergraduate elementary teacher programs in 396 public and 479 private colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These programs range from the 10 institutions in our sample that prepared a handful of teachers Read more…

NEW!!! Downloadable List of NRRF Approved Products, AND Professional Development Opportunities

Since NRRF was founded in 1993, we have offered, at no cost, a list of reading instructional materials that can be used for teaching any child, or adult to read proficiently.  It is our belief that a “rising tide lifts all boats,” and thus we offer our best judgement on the products we list here. Read more…

A Century of Miseducation of America’s Teachers

Editors Note:  I wrote this article 20 years ago.  I re-read it recently, and it is astounding so little has changed. Illiteracy, especially in our inner cities, remains unacceptably high.  According to the Annie Casey Foundation Kids Count Report, 84% of African American 4th grade students cannot read proficiently.  Hispanic 4th graders don’t fare much Read more…

Five Myths of Phonics – The Logic of English

Five Myths of Phonics This simple word, defined by Merriam Webster as a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables, has been at the center of an educational debate that has continued for over a century. The debate has been so fierce, some Read more…

Reading Proficiency and Cost Per Student in the U.S.

Would anyone want their child to read BELOW the proficient level in reading after twelve years of schooling? Not me.  Especially when schools where systematic, synthetic, direct instruction in the alphabetic principle are educating all of their students to read proficiently. Below is the definition of the NAEP achievement level for a proficient reader: “Proficient. Read more…