Thursday, November 29, 2012
The president of the College Board defends the role of non-fiction reading in Common Core curricula in an in-depth conversation with radio host Kurt Andersen. He insists fiction will not get short shrift under the new guidelines.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
By Beth Fertig
A reading program developed by a New York University associate professor aims to help all students improve their comprehension and writing skills by forcing them to slow down. That's something kids don't often do as they're constantly bombarded with information, and typing out shortened text messages to each other.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
By Beth Fertig
A new state screening protocol for elementary schools goes into effect this month. Its stated goals are to catch reading and literacy problems earlier and possibly reduce referrals to special education.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Children at 10 schools who were taught reading using a curriculum designed by the education theorist E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s Core Knowledge Foundation have significantly outperformed students taught at other schools under a variety of other methods, most of which fell under the definition of “balanced literacy,” an approach that was promoted citywide by the former schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, beginning in 2003.
Monday, September 19, 2011
In the news, the Pearson Foundation paid for state education commissioners' free travel to places like Singapore and Helsinki. A literary critic places blame for students' declining SAT scores on the erosion of high level reading and writing curriculum. And Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott sets an example on "Dads Take Your Child to School Day."