ERIC Number: ED447418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reading: What Policymakers Need To Know.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Intended to provide background information to state leaders as they play an increasingly visible role in reading programs, this policy brief notes that too many students are not reading at grade level and apparently are not receiving adequate opportunities to catch up to their peers. The brief is in 7 sections. The first is "How Well Are Students Reading?" The second section, "How Do Children Learn To Read?" outlines steps in the learning process, and complications. The third section, "What Do We Know About Effective Reading Approaches?" makes the point that no approach alone works best for all children under all conditions. The fourth section, "Why Aren't More Students Reading Successfully?" discusses lack of prevention, diagnosis, and intervention related to reading problems; and inadequate teacher preparation and professional development. The fifth section, "What Can Policymakers Do To Improve Reading Results?" outlines current state activities regarding 5 questions, and offers additional recommendations for each. A short summary follows, and the final section describes 6 resources and studies on reading. (SR)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Politics of Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes, Reading Research, State Government, State Programs, State School District Relationship
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; ARCO Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.