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Dewitz, Peter; Graves, Michael F. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2021
The science of reading is the latest version of the reading wars brought to national attention by the popular press. Although most of the popular press has focused on phonics and early reading, in this article, we chose to study what happened to the research on reading comprehension. By the beginning of the 21st century, there had emerged a…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Teaching Methods
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Hastings, Kathryn – Reading Improvement, 2016
The benefits of engaging with age-appropriate reading materials in classroom settings are numerous. For example, students' comprehension is developed as they acquire new vocabulary and concepts. The Common Core requires all students have daily opportunities to engage with "complex text" regardless of students' decoding levels. However,…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Learner Engagement, Common Core State Standards, Decoding (Reading)
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Smith, Matthew David; Rodriguez, Arturo – Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2011
In this paper we weave lived experiences, those of a bilingual social studies teacher at a middle school in a large city in the Southwestern US, with critical theory/pedagogy and bilingual education. The purpose of this paper is to present an articulation of the practice of critical pedagogy in a bilingual educational context principally under the…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Federal Legislation, Bilingual Education, Urban Areas
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Weber, Christine – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Weber issues a challenge to teachers grappling with the demands (and failures) of NCLB, and asks them to make certain that advanced and gifted readers are not left behind. To that end, she shares characteristics of gifted readers, ways to support them, and tips for teaching that will result in doing "a much better job of providing appropriate…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students
Gamse, Beth C.; Horst, Megan; Boulay, Beth; Unlu, Fatih – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2009
The Reading First Program is a central element of the No Child Left Behind legislation (No Child Left Behind Act, 2001). It builds on findings reported in a national consensus report (NICHD, 2000), about proven strategies to reduce the prevalence of reading difficulty in the early grades in order to help children read at or above grade level by…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Federal Legislation, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement
Duncan-Owens, Deborah – Principal, 2009
"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life." This popular Chinese proverb is an apt metaphor for the dilemma faced by principals and curriculum coordinators when deciding whether to purchase a scripted commercial reading program. Although a scripted reading program may solve…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Reading, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Kinniburgh, Leah H.; Shaw, Edward L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2009
The No Child Left Behind Act (2001) placed pressure on elementary teachers to raise standardized test scores in reading and mathematics. Unfortunately, the focus on reading and math has led to reduced time for science instruction. Mandatory standardized testing in science began in elementary schools across the United States in 2007. Instructing…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Science Instruction
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Warren-Gross, Laura – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The author's school had just been labeled a failing school by No Child Left Behind when its new principal arrived in the fall of 2007. In this demoralizing climate, teachers can get frustrated and choose to give up, or they can rise to the challenge, create a plan for improvement, and plunge into uncharted waters. This article discusses how the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Federal Legislation, Leadership Responsibility, Media Specialists
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Graff, Jennifer M. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2009
Many people consider books to be one of life's treasures and often embark on pleasurable and transformative literary journeys. Unfortunately, struggling readers' journeys are often arduous, if not painful. Recent reading mandates under No Child Left Behind often limit the scope of literary resources purchased with federal funds and appear to alter…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Females, Federal Legislation, Reading Material Selection
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Shelton, Nancy Rankie; Altwerger, Bess; Jordan, Nancy – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2009
Schools across the nation are responding to reading assessment mandates by turning to DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a program endorsed by the Federal Reading First Grant Office, to assess fluency on a range of reading-related tasks. DIBELS makes strong claims regarding its usefulness in documenting reading progress…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Standardized Tests, Emergent Literacy, Reading Instruction
Ashby, Cornelia M. – Government Accountability Office, 2007
The Reading First program was designed to help students in kindergarten through third grade develop stronger reading skills. This report examines the implementation of the Reading First program, including: (1) changes that have occurred to reading instruction; (2) criteria states have used to award sub-grants to districts, and the difficulties, if…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Skills, Compliance (Legal)
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Thomas, Cathy Newman; Wexler, Jade – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2007
Teaching literacy to struggling readers can present many challenges. This article suggests 10 strategies that can help middle and high school language arts and content area teachers meet them: (1) Ask for help; (2) Support word recognition needs; (3) Select appropriate materials; (4) Develop reading fluency; (5) Foster vocabulary acquisition; (6)…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Materials, Literacy Education, Reading Fluency
National Assessment Governing Board, 2008
This document sets forth the design of a test of reading comprehension. The exam requires students to read passages of written English text--either literary or informational--and to answer questions about what they have read. In some cases, the questions deal with facts in the text or vocabulary. In other cases, a complete answer requires a clear…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Materials, Federal Legislation, State Standards
Moss, Marc; Jacob, Robin; Boulay, Beth; Horst, Megan; Poulos, Jennifer – US Department of Education, 2006
In October 2003, the US Department of Education contracted with Abt Associates to design and conduct the Reading First Implementation Evaluation. This report focuses on the following questions: (1) How is the Reading First program implemented in districts and schools? and (2) How does reading instruction differ in Reading First schools and…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, Reading Programs
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2006
Millions of middle and high school students lack the reading and writing skills they need to succeed in college, compete in the workforce, or even understand their daily newspaper. However, while Congress has demonstrated a real commitment to improve reading instruction in grades K-3, it has made relatively trivial investments (mainly through the…
Descriptors: Literacy, Adolescents, Reading Improvement, Federal Government
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