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June 11, 2019
As funding shrinks reading program, Tennessee governor says literacy remains a priority
Gov. Bill Lee says he’s reevaluating literacy strategies as funding dries up for the state’s popular initiative known as Read to be Ready.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
June 4, 2019
Newark launches ‘Mayor’s Book Club’ in effort to promote reading among young people
The new effort, called #NewarkReads, will begin with a 500-book giveaway to students in grades six to eight.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
January 25, 2019
Pre-K money could be diverted to other needs under Tennessee lawmaker’s bill
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
January 4, 2019
I’m a Chicago teacher who has watched many Javions fall through the cracks. Here’s what would help.
In Chicago, a district that prides itself on its variety of choices for families, Javion’s story is an illustration of how little schools can have in common.
How I Teach
December 18, 2018
Why Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year uses penguins to help her first-graders grow as readers, writers, and thinkers
In a Chalkbeat Q&A, Melissa Miller shares why teaching reading is her greatest passion, how she partners with parents to build a classroom rapport, and more.
December 17, 2018
McQueen ends her Tennessee tenure the same way she started — focused on reading
In her swan song tour of the state, the outgoing education commissioner offers both encouragement and strong talk about Tennessee's illiteracy problem.
December 14, 2018
Chicago schools don’t have a plan for teenagers who struggle to read
What it will take to get students like Javion Grayer to read on grade level, is multipronged, literacy experts say. Javion, 16, reads at a second grade level.
December 11, 2018
How it feels to be Javion: 16 and struggling to read in Chicago Public Schools
Javion Grayer’s aunt had given him the book thinking he might connect with the main character: a black teenager in crisis, struggling to…
November 13, 2018
Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!
Lately, lots of people are talking about reading. Specifically, how it’s taught (or not) in America’s schools. Much of the…
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
Student & School Performance
Updated August 29, 2018
Chicago students show slight gains in math on national exam, while reading plateaus
Chicago students showed small gains in math but saw scores flatline in reading, according to new test scores released Wednesday.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
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