Only 37% of 4th Graders are Reaching Reading Proficiency

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

Why is it so low?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. We answer questions regularly on Reading Rockets. Here he answers the question Why Aren't American Reading Scores Higher?


I think that it has to do with opportunity to learn. We simply don’t spend enough time on those things that make a difference in making kids proficient

I appreciate his candor and challenge to all of us to serve every students need as well as possible.


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