Why is there all this talk about proficient reading at 3rd grade?

May 5th, 2018

Research shows that children who are strong readers by the end of third grade are more likely to be successful throughout their school years. Most of the children who are struggling readers at this point in elementary school, however, will probably not catch up — not because it’s impossible, but because they would need intensive and appropriate regular instruction by trained specialists, and the motivation  to keep working hard despite feeling not-so-good about reading.

In other words, a negative cycle can occur for children who struggle: Read the article  

NAEP test results confirm that parent input is essential

April 12th, 2018

This week, scores came out for the only nationwide test that lets us compare results from one state to another. That test is called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, and if you are wondering whether your own child took it or will take it in the years to come, Read the article  

Why don’t we identify reading problems early?

January 26th, 2018

Here’s what the research shows:

  • About 25% of children are at-risk for reading difficulties and need a boost in the earliest years.
  • A risk for reading difficulties can be identified as early as age 4.
  • Of the readers who later struggle, many are solid early on in some skills but not all—and they fall through the cracks.

Yet in reality, children’s reading issues are often not identified until the late elementary school years, or even later still. If early intervention works and identifying problems isn’t that difficult, why are so many kids overlooked?

Read the article  

Meet a PUP mom: Insights and advice from a parent in Greater Boston

January 19th, 2018

As part of our PUP News blog, we will be sharing interviews with parents, pediatricians, educators, and others involved with children’s reading. 

Today we have the first of these interviews, with Jill N. from Greater Boston, the mother of two developing readers — 3-year old and 8-year old boys. 

Read the article  

U.S. lags behind in 4th grade test of reading skills

December 29th, 2017

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/12/05/global-reading-scores-are-rising-but-not.html

The latest results of a 4th grade reading skills test should sound an alarm in every household in America: while literacy rates are at an all-time high worldwide, our country’s not keeping up. In fact, only 16% of U.S. children scored in the highest category (advanced) —and what’s worse, this number has not improved for at least five years.

As a parent, what should you make of these latest results? From our point of view, this data highlights the need to pay more attention to your own child’s reading progress. Read the article  

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