Faced with faltering reading skills among students, educators take action
In an increasingly complicated world, technology-driven and rich and information, reading is more important than ever, writes journalist Carol Guensburg. At the same time, books seem to be taking a back seat to computers and other digital devices. Studies show that more than 8 million students in grades 4-12 struggle to proficiently read, write and comprehend. Only three out often eighth graders read at or above grade level, according to the 2004 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Readers who fall significantly behind risk school and workplace failure.
In 2003, only three-fourths of high school students graduated in four years, the National Center for Education Statistics reports. During the previous year, just over half of African American and Hispanic students graduated at all.
So how should educators address these challenges? Guensburg offers some insight in her article for Edutopia.
Via: Public Education Network
Tags: Literacy, Reading, Language, English, Education, K-12, ELL, ESL, ESOL, Culture, Education by Sistrunk