Schools need multiple strategies to meet reading mandates

01/30/2013 | Huffington Post, The

Facing the prospect of mandatory retention of third-grade students who aren't reading at grade level, schools need to do more than hire a reading specialist to work with its most struggling readers, writes Robert Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. In this commentary, Slavin argues for strong instruction for all students, small-group reading interventions for students who are just below grade-level, and one-on-one tutoring for those who are most behind. "If schools use the reading-by-third-grade movement as an opportunity to use proven practices throughout the primary grades, they can reap substantial savings by avoiding unnecessary retentions, and most importantly, they can make a life-changing difference for all of their students," he writes.

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