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    Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

    Emily Hanford’s article, Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read, is a superb look at the politics, science, and practice of teaching reading in public schools. Hanford asks Mark Seidenberg, a cognitive neuroscientist and author of the book “Language at the Speed of Sight,” to identify…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2018
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    Literacy and numeracy skills of U.S. men and women

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) analyzed results from the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.  NCES researchers found, Literacy scores for men and women were not measurably different, but men had higher numeracy scores than women.  The average literacy score among U.S. adults was 272 (figure 1). Men’s…
    Terry Stoops, August 6, 2018
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    Superintendent Mark Johnson Is Focusing on Literacy. Terry Stoops Explains Why.

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research and director of education studies, discusses N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s dedication of $4.8 million to elementary school reading teachers for supplies and books. Stoops offered these comments during the March 8, 2018, edition of Spectrum News’ “…
    Donna Martinez, March 9, 2018
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    High schoolers read books written for fifth graders

    University of Arkansas professor Sandra Stotsky writes, According to Renaissance Learning’s 2012 report on the books read by almost 400,000 students in grades 9–12 in 2010–2011, the average reading level of the top 40 books is a little above fifth grade (5.3 to be exact). [snip] The average book…
    Terry Stoops, March 21, 2012