Thursday, April 20, 2017
More kids can read by first grade
Even low-schieving students saw gains in basic reading skills. But that did not translate into better overall reading for the less-skilled students. The gap between them and the higher-skilled students actually widened--meaning, I guess, that the higher-skilled kids sprinted ahead.
Overall, though, good news, the researchers are Ohio State said. (Educational Researcher)
One take from the researchers was that lower-skilled kids needed more time just reading text and less time being drilled on basic skills.
The study involved 2,358 schools in 44 states, a total of 364,738 kids.
What is the takeaway if you have kids? In my view, it's that preschool is a good thing and that reading should be encouraged at home, too.
To me, though, the really important thing is a love of reading--to somehow instill that. Reading for pleasure has made my trip through this vale of tears bearable.