Public Education
Kansas superintendent touts ‘rebranding’ in an era of declining test scores

(The Sentinel) – The Olathe school district does not permit school board members to conduct annual needs assessments to improve student outcomes as required in state law, but district officials… Read More

February 8, 2024
Public Education
Ohio school board hands tied by teachers’ union lawsuit, loses grant for reading tutors  

An Ohio school board has reluctantly agreed not to hire reading tutors after the local teachers’ union filed a lawsuit. The Akron Board of Education voted… Read More

February 8, 2024
Report: Choice schools score better in reading, math

(The Center Square) – The latest report on school choice in Wisconsin again shows choice schools outperform public schools in Milwaukee’s biggest cities and rural areas. The Apples to Apples report… Read More

January 22, 2024
Public Education
National group gives Illinois poor rating on policies that support reading instruction

(The Center Square) – A national teaching organization is giving Illinois poor marks on policies to improve reading instruction. The National Council on Teacher Quality published a … Read More

January 16, 2024
Public Education
Science of reading bridges partisan divide in education

In an era of unprecedented partisanship, education reformers from both sides of the aisle are finding common ground in a surprising place: reading instruction. In her recent State of the… Read More

January 5, 2024
Public Education
Having low-performing elementary students repeat a grade boosts long-term success, new study shows

Grade retention helps students reach higher levels of achievement, new research reveals, defying education establishment claims that repeating grades does more harm than good. Traditionally, public schools have discouraged grade… Read More

December 27, 2023
Public Education
Cursive comeback: Why states are bringing handwriting back to public education  

When Common Core standards were released in 2010, most states cut back handwriting and cursive instruction to just kindergarten and 1st grade, focusing instead on typing. … Read More

December 21, 2023
Public Education
Alabama education commission promotes science of reading, math

Alabama is boosting public education by revamping the basics – reading and arithmetic. Alabama’s Commission on Teaching and Learning submitted a report to Gov. Kay Ivey… Read More

December 15, 2023
Public Education
Study finds scientific, phonics-based reading significantly improves literacy

(The Center Square) – Scientific, phonics-based reading programs in California serving the state’s 75 worst-performing schools comparatively accelerated reading learning by 25% and boosted math advancement by 12% relative to… Read More

December 12, 2023
Public Education
Nearly 60,000 Michigan 3rd graders can’t read at grade level. Most will advance to 4th grade anyway

Michigan is sending thousands of 3rd graders into 4th grade despite more than half struggling to read. Michigan State University’s education policy center released a new report detailing reading scores… Read More

November 27, 2023
Public Education
Education reformers question whether Wisconsin public schools are actually meeting expectations, despite district report cards

(The Center Square) – Despite test scores that show nearly 60% of students in Wisconsin schools cannot read or do math at grade level, more than 90% of school districts… Read More

November 15, 2023
Reading program connects military service members with schools around country

(The Center Square) – A reading program is connecting U.S. service members with students in schools in Illinois and around the country. Visual Story Time with a Service Member is… Read More

November 13, 2023
Public Education
Wisconsin public school students struggle with reading, math

(The Center Square) – Nearly 60% of students in Wisconsin’s Public Schools continue to be unable to read, write or do math at grade level. The State’s Department of Public Instruction… Read More

October 11, 2023
Public Education
Alabama Board of Education lowers reading standards, expects thousands of 3rd graders will still be held back

The Alabama State Board of Education voted 5-3 last week to lower reading standards for 3rd graders. The vote was a response to the implementation of the Alabama… Read More

September 20, 2023
Public Education
What took so long? Schools return to phonics amid crisis in reading

American elementary schools could be trapped under the looming shadow of illiteracy, but the solution has been around for decades. By 4th grade, students are expected… Read More

August 28, 2023
Public Education
No post-pandemic recovery: Assessment offers stark look at declines in math and reading scores

(The Center Square) – The National Assessment of Educational Progress released assessment results Wednesday that show 13-year-olds tested in the 2022-23 school year saw dramatic declines in math and reading… Read More

June 22, 2023
Public Education
Amid literacy crisis, many universities still don’t teach the science of reading

(The Sentinel) – A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) shows that if the science of reading was being taught properly in universities, the U.S. would not have a serious literacy… Read More

June 16, 2023
Public Education
The science of reading is the solution to state, nation’s literacy problem

(The Sentinel) – Thirty-four percent of fourth-grade students in the United States cannot read at the basic level, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. It may not be unreasonable, then,… Read More

May 30, 2023
Louisiana Senate passes Reading Education Savings Account program bill

(The Center Square) – A bill to create a Reading Education Savings Account Program for struggling students cleared the Louisiana Senate. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 203, sponsored… Read More

May 11, 2022
Public Education
Almost 5,000 struggling Florida readers reaped benefits of Reading Scholarship program in 2020-21

(reimaginED) – Nearly $2.5 million in Reading Scholarships were awarded to 4,961 Florida students during the 2020-21 school year according to a report prepared by the state-approved scholarship funding… Read More

April 6, 2022