Standardized tests continue to show that a majority of California students perform below grade level in measures of reading and literacy. The stakes are very high: research shows that students who aren’t reading at grade level by the third grade will struggle to catch up throughout their education career. California has recently launched an urgent effort to improve reading literacy for all children, especially in the early grades. Read more about this work in our special report, California’s Reading Dilemma.
Shift in curriculum and instructional materials aims to help English learners.
Schools will be required to assess struggling readers specifically for dyslexia.
The Early Math Family Engagement Project emphasizes the role of parents.
Some students struggle with the requirement to meet UC and CSU standards.
The program aims to help students become college ready.
The program is part of a statewide effort focused on early education.
A number of summer programs help teachers hone their skills.
Picture books are more likely than speech to include uncommon words.
With state money limited, local officials try new approaches.
A new program aims to boost reading skills and close the achievement gap.
The program focuses on developing students’ language abilities.
Providers who lost their homes are back in business.
The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.
All teachers should have at least some English learner training, report states.