The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) released new data on American students’ reading achievement. The startling information shows declining performance since 2017. Of course, the COVID pandemic has only made it worse. This is not only a present issue; other studies show how this lack of reading performance can affect the education and career choices students make in late high school and early adulthood. You can read more about EdWeek’s reporting on it here.
Solutions? ” ‘[A] large body of research has established that foundational skills are the main drivers of oral reading fluency, which in turn is necessary for reading comprehension,’ said Sheida White, an NCES researcher and the author of the study.”
Gideon’s curriculum guides students to reading mastery and success through a strong phonics program that includes daily story reading with comprehension questions.