- Students are struggling with reading proficiency, and the pandemic made it worse
- Stronger literacy skills boost students’ confidence and motivation
- See related article: Implementing the science of reading ‘one bite at a time’
- For more news on the science of reading, see eSN’s Innovative Teaching page
In districts across the country, educators are continuing to support students with post-pandemic learning recovery. Many students are still reading below the level appropriate for their grade–roughly one-third of fourth graders in the United States read at or below what’s considered the basic level. And unfortunately, even before the pandemic, reading achievement has been low over the past several decades.
Districts incorporating the science of reading into their curricula are seeing improved student outcomes. However, because the science of reading refers to broad research in a variety of fields on how a child learns to read, practical applications have not yet been widely taught to educators and there is a sizeable gap between theory and action.…Read More