Sadly, the latest NAEP results have dropped significantly since 2017. Despite years of widely-available early literacy tools, average reading scores for 4th and 8th graders in the United States are headed in the wrong direction.

At Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) in California, we have an inherent appreciation of literacy education challenges, given our highly diverse population. Our students range from highly-advanced to students who struggle to reach grade-level performance. In the 2018-19 academic year, 2 in 3 students were non-white; 1 in 3 students were socioeconomically disadvantaged; and 1 in 4...

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  • About the Author:

    Cathy Baur is chief academic officer of the Mountain View (Calif.) Whisman School District.