Teaching reading in proven way – and now in a pandemic
May 8, 2020
Reading experts and brain scientists agree nearly every child can learn to read if they are taught using explicit, systematic, research-based instruction.
So why aren't all teachers and schools using this method?
Many Oklahoma students struggle to read. Only 29% of Oklahoma fourth graders – and 26% of eighth graders – were at or above proficiency in reading in the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, compared with 34% and 32% nationally. The problem is especially acute among low-income children.
Yet state officials say many teachers still use reading-instruction theories...