[caption id="attachment_37776" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Early reading comprehension is essential for later academic success."]Early reading comprehension is essential for later academic success.[/caption]


In his sweeping 2004 article, Preventing Early Reading Failure, Joseph Torgesen established that the reading skills students acquire in their earliest elementary years are critical predictors of their academic success throughout elementary, middle, and high school. It’s during those early formative years, Torgesen contends, that we need to closely monitor growth and provide the appropriate interventions for struggling students.

Otherwise, it is a virtual certainty that in the upper...

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