With the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act targeting elementary and middle school students until now, and with the knowledge that a strong foundation in reading begins at an early age, it's easy to see why school leaders might focus their attention on reading instruction in the early grades at the expense of high-school reading programs. But a new report from ACT--the Iowa-based, not-for-profit assessment, research, and management-services organization once known as the American College Testing Program--suggests the danger of this approach.

The report, titled "Reading Between the Lines," concludes that too


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