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Comprehension
Decodable Text
History of Reading Instruction
Illiteracy and Crime
Phonemic Awareness
Remedial Education
Spelling
Statistics
Taking Action
Teacher Education
Testing
Whole Language

Comprehension

Decodable Text
Everyone is talking about it but what exactly is it?  Decodable text is text that can be decoded or sounded out based on what the student has already been taught. 100% decodable text contains only those speech sound-letter correspondences that have already been taught.  Unlike the stories in whole-language programs, decodable stories are not predictable or repetitive.

History of Reading Instruction

Illiteracy and Crime

Phonics Instruction

Phonemic Awareness

Remedial Education

Spelling
Traditional spelling rules have been abandoned in many spelling programs sweeping the nation. In the Rebecca Sitton program, children use cheat sheets during "tests" to ensure success.

Statistics

  • The American Literacy Tragedy --11/02
  • The National Assessment of
    Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000

    This report presents results of the NAEP 2000 reading assessment at grade 4 and makes comparisons to fourth-grade reading performance on previous NAEP assessments. Performance results are also presented by percentile distribution as well as by demographic subgroups, including race/ethnicity, gender, region of the country, type of location, type of school, and eligibility for the free/reduced-price lunch program. The report also includes the full text of a reading passage, sample test questions, and examples of student responses.
    View the report.
  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1998
    NAEP, a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Department of Education, is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. The most recent assessment was done in 1998. To order a copy via the Internet go to www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html. To browse or download a copy go to www.nces.ed.gov/naep.

Taking Action

Teacher Education

Testing

Whole Language
Whole language advocates believe that children learn to read naturally, just like they learned to speak. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this were true, all talkers would be readers! Under these titles, scientifically unproven and erroneous teaching practices that are part of the whole language teaching strategy are examined in the light of scientific research.

 

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