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Reading Scores? It's Time to Ask the Students

A front page article in today’s Denver Post says that “Colorado students in 2014 took slight steps backward on the small academic gains made on standardized tests in recent years, part of a long-term trend of flat scores. . .” Umm, you bet. We’ve been doing the same thing for a long time. Teaching reading with expensive textbooks that no one would choose to read.
Books that don’t expect children to read content or story: their focus is on paragraph analysis. When will we throw out the commercial textbooks and fill our classrooms with real books? Books children will read gladly. When will we turn to our super teachers, those who do get results, especially in reading? And, we might consider asking children about the books they love to read.
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