Are reading lessons really necessary in high school?

In its most recent report, Time to Act: An agenda for advancing adolescent literacy for college and career success, the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy finds that “the [reading] status quo in middle and high schools in America is based on a 20th-century vision of the literacy and skills needed to succeed after high school. But the fact is that high school graduates today face higher expectations in the new global knowledge economy than ever before. To become fully literate, college- and work-ready citizens, our students must receive explicit instruction in content-area reading and writing.”

We at the Center couldn’t agree more. In fact, we took a look at the most recent research on the subject and wrote a guide called Still learning: Reading beyond grade three. After reviewing the most recent research we found that: (1) learning to read must not end in elementary school, (2) progress in reading achievement stalls in the upper grades, (3) half of college-bound high school graduates aren’t ready for college-level reading, and (4) there is a difference between reading difficulties and reading disabilities.

This is important information for all of us who want our kids to succeed in college and beyond. It just takes a few minutes to read a summary of our report to learn about how to help kids in the upper grades become stellar readers and thinkers and therefore be able to take advantage of the best opportunities for the future. ~ Pamela Karwasinski

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