ERIC Number: ED423313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Seven Myths about Literacy in the United States. ERIC/AE Digest.
This digest investigates seven of the most prevalent and damaging myths about literacy in the United States. In response to various claims about American elementary and secondary students' test score declines in reading achievement, the author interprets data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, and the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) to support differing conclusions. In response to criticisms of whole language instructional methods which allegedly impede reading achievement, the author corrects the interpretation of California students' test scores on which the criticisms are largely based. The author warns that these myths and other distorted views of student achievement can only distract from the real problems of education in the United States, problems that must be studied in order to bring about change. (Contains 17 references.) (LMD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Analysis, Dyslexia, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, International Studies, Literacy, Mythology, National Surveys, Reading Achievement, Trend Analysis, Whole Language Approach
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress