Exploring: National Studies

Rep. Castle’s Education Research Bill Ready for the President’s Signature

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Legislation Will Help Implement No Child Left Behind, Close Student Achievement Gap COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Valentine or Dave Schnittger (202) 225-4527 October 17, 2002 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Important bipartisan legislation to help students learn reading, mathematics, and other essential skills by improving the Read more…

NAEP 2000 4th-Grade Reading Results Released

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This report presents results of the National Center for Education Statistics 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 Read more…

Statement of Dr. G. Reid Lyon before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Education and the Workforce Hearing

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Measuring Success:Using Assessments and Accountability to Raise Student Achievement Statement of Dr. G. Reid Lyon, Chief Child Development and Behavior Branch National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health Subcommittee on Education Reform Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. March 8, 2001 Introduction Good morning, Read more…

Whole Language Lives On: The Illusion of “Balanced” Reading Instruction

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Abstract: This position paper contends that the whole language approach to reading instruction has been disproved by research and evaluation but still pervades textbooks for teachers, instructional materials for classroom use, some states’ language-arts standards and other policy documents, teacher licensing requirements and preparation programs, and the professional context in which teachers work. The paper Read more…

A Return to Scientific Reading Instruction

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Patrick Groff Professor Emeritus San Diego State University San Diego, California The importance of science in modern society is manifested in numberless ways. We look to guidance from science as to how to best protect or restore our physical or emotional well-being. Great confidence is placed on scientific solutions to everything from infant earaches to Read more…

News Commentary: Teacher Colleges Shun Best Way to Teach Reading

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USA TODAY Imagine what would happen if the nation’s medical schools ignored the latest scientific breakthroughs when training tomorrow’s doctors. Hospitals would have to spend their time and money training new physicians themselves, or deny patients state-of-the-art treatment. Sound far-fetched? Not when it comes to scientific breakthroughs in education. In fact, many of the nation’s Read more…

National Reading Panel Reports Combination of Teaching Phonics, Word Sounds, Giving Feedback on Oral Reading Most Effective Way to Teach Reading

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In the largest, most comprehensive evidenced-based review ever conducted of research on how children learn reading, a Congressionally mandated independent panel has concluded that the most effective way to teach children to read is through instruction that includes a combination of methods. The panel determined that effective reading instruction includes teaching children to break apart Read more…

NICHD Research: Setting the Record Straight

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NRRF Note: The following review of Gerald Coles’ new book attacking NICHD and NICHD researchers was done by a respected non-NICHD researcher. The book, Misreading Reading: The Bad Science That Hurts Children, is being promoted widely and aggressively by the IRA, NCTE, and the WL communities. We are posting the review to set the record straight in an Read more…