Five Levers to Improve Early Literacy

Read Charlotte has identified 5 ways to improve literacy in North Carolina.  First, the problem:

Despite North Carolina’s best efforts, third-grade reading test scores over the past five years (2014-2018) have gone in the wrong direction. The percentage of children scoring at the lowest levels on the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) third-grade reading test has increased while the percentage of students reading at the highest levels has decreased. — Munro Richardson the executive director of Read Charlotte

The first “lever” is great teaching:hope-house-press-leather-diary-studio-127595-unsplash

It’s obvious that improving reading achievement requires great teaching. In pre-Kindergarten and three- and four-year-old child care classrooms, we have to help children build skills to be ready to learn to read when they start school. This means strengthening language, vocabulary, and oral comprehension. It also involves teaching letter names and letter sounds.

Amen.

The whole article deserves a read.

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