ERIC Number: ED381747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Student Literacy: Myths and Realities. Fastback 381.
Kibby, Michael W.
Suggesting that too many educators and parents believe the myth of declining student literacy, this fastback puts student literacy in focus by examining trends in reading achievement from 1840 to the 1990s. The fastback discusses "then-and-now" studies, test restandardization studies, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, concluding that unqualified statements that proclaim a decline in literacy are wrong. The fastback also examines some of the instructional issues obscured by "quick-fix" remedies implemented in response to the perceived decline in achievement--the need for (1) more reading instruction for all students; (2) more difficult texts, especially for average and better readers; (3) more critical analysis and synthesis of information from multiple texts; and (4) more emphasis on meaningful vocabulary throughout the grades. (RS)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Literature Reviews, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Test Results, Test Use
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($1.25 plus processing fee).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.