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Reading Competency Test
Reading Teacher Training
Contact these resources for information on workshops and teacher training. If you have a professional development program for reading teachers that includes explicit, systematic phonics instruction and would like to post it on our site, please e-mail the following information for our review in the same format that other programs or workshops are presented: your name and/or program name, location (if applicable), a brief description including web address if available, and contact information (phone number and e-mail address).
Contact these resources listed alphabetically by state, to get tutoring help for your student or yourself. If you are a reading tutor who includes explicit, systematic phonics instruction in your teaching and would like to post contact information on our Web site, please submit information on the program you use, along with contact information in the same format as other items posted under Reading Tutors.
Spalding Beginning ReadersLearning to Read and Loving It Series
"They are here! All 20 Spalding Beginning Readers are now in stock. Each reader provides phonogram practice and reinforces knowledge of text type as well.
The readers are carefully matched to skill level without resorting to mind-numbing word repetition. Printed in the Spalding font, each book, colorfully illustrated, tells an engaging story or provides information of interest to children.
- Level 1 narratives ( 8) provide practice of the first 26 phonograms and 2 to 5 additional phonograms per book until 53 phonograms are practiced.
- Level 2 informatives ( 8) provide practice of the first 26 phonograms and 2 to 5 additional phonograms per book until 70 phonograms are practiced by Book 16.
- Level 3 informative-narratives (4) provide practice of all 70 phonograms.
Spalding Beginning readers are a unique and much needed addition to the marketplace of early readers." The Spalding News (To order call 877-866-7451)
- California Summary ChartGrade 1 Reading Programs
Prepared by Educational Research Analysts, Longview Texas
Neal Frey, Senior textbook analyst with Educational Research Analysts (ERA), writes, "In 2005-07, our first-time-ever venture into California's state textbook approval process moved its State Board of Education to require publishersstarting in 2009to post online new Student Editions up for approval there, for real public access and input before state acceptance."
This enabled them to be able to conduct their second California textbook project which reviews five 1st grade Reading programs up for 2009 local California adoption. It includes a careful analysis of the decodability of readers and the number of letter-sound correspondences included, among other things. This review is now available below.
The same major publishers who submitted 1st grade Reading programs in California in 2008, will submit 1st grade Reading programs in Texas in 2009. Neal Frye continues, "That has let us work with them to avoid problems we see in some of their California programs this year, in the programs they will offer in Texas next year (and which will sell nationwide). Plus we have used our California reviews to help Texas strengthen its phonics rules for its upcoming 1st grade Reading adoption."
Prior to the upcoming 2009 Texas state Reading adoption, "the State Board of Education of Texas approved new 1st grade Reading standards with the strongest ever real teeth mandating phonics instruction. Those rules say these textbooks must teach 70 letter-sound correspondences (LSCs) in 1st grade; that they must document five student opportunities to read phonetically-regular words containing those 70 LSCs, after all LSCs in these words have been taught; and that all student opportunities to read shall count toward Texas' 80% decodability minimumnot just those passages that publishers so designate as counting toward that figure. Through these Texas rules we are finally looking at true pro-phonics 1st grade Reading reform across America." (ERA) This will automatically pressure textbook publishers to tailor their programs to qualify for adoption in this huge state, and as a consequence they will also be used throughout the nation.
- Analyses of The 2001 Editions of Five Contemporary Basal Readers
Dr. Bruce MurrayThe Reading Geniean associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University, offers his "consumer reports" article on the leading reading series competing to teach elementary students how to read.
- An independent group, Educational Research Analysts, has evaluated
beginning reading instruction programs approved by the Texas State Board of
Education for 2000 adoption in Analyses of Grade 1
Reading Programs. This information could be helpful for individuals
choosing reading materials in any school district or state. Mel Gabler, the
president of Educational Research Analysts, has provided a related memo: Clarification of Summary
Comparison Chart of Grade 1 Reading Programs, as Approved for 2000 Texas
Adoptions, 02/00. For more information, visit the Educational Research
Analysts web site at www.textbookreviews.org.
Beginning Reading: Influence on Policy in the United States and England 1998 - 2010 by Beth Robins
Reviews of Publications
- Commentary on Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice written by Nina Zaragoza --Commentary by Patrick Groff, November 2002
- Response to Steven L. Strauss (June/July 2001) "An Open Letter to Reid Lyon,"
- Critical Analysis of Unacceptable Trends in
Kindergarten Entry from the NAECS/SDE and Placement and Guidelines for Appropriate
Curriculum Content and Assessment in Programs Serving
Children Ages 3 Through 8 from the NAEYC and the NAECS/SDE.
- Review of The Academic Achievement Challenge by Jeanne S. Chall and Left Back by Diane Ravitch
- Critical Digest of Louisa C. Moats (2000) Whole Language Lives On: The Illusion of "Balanced" Reading Instruction
- The Voice of Evidence in Reading Research
Edited by Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., M.P.H., & Vinita Chhabra, M.Ed.
Foreword by Catherine Snow
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. 512 pages 6 x 9 jacketed hardcover
ISBN 1-55766-672-5 $29.95
800-638-3775 fax: 410-337-8539
Available from the warehouse at Brookes Publishing Co., this new book is best introduced by the press release below. For specific further description of the book, along with a table of contents go to http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/mccardle-6725/index.htm.
- PBS DocumentaryChildren of the Code - A series of interviews with individuals engaged in the effort to restore scientifically based reading instructional practices to America's classrooms.
Reviews & Testimonials of Reading Programs
Read our reviews as well as testimonials from satisfied parents and teachers about some of the phonics products we recommend.
NRRF Power Point Presentations on Reading Instruction at:
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