READING MATTERS TO MAINE

Teaching At-Risk & Struggling Children to Learn to Read

Who Else Cares?

 

In addition to Reading Matters to Maine, what organizations are concerned about the failure to teach all children to learn to read?

 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2010 KIDS COUNT report is titled, and answers the question, Why Teaching Children to Read by the End of Third Grade Matters
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NAACP.  Recommendation 2A of the national NAACP Six-Point Plan for Educational Equity states:  The federal government must ensure that all students have high-quality early childhood education that ensures literacy by the third grade.

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The American Federation of Teachers, the 1.5 million teachers’ union headed by Randi Weingarten:  “Teaching students to read by the end of third grade is the single most important task assigned to elementary schools. ” “No other skill taught in school and learned by school children is more important than reading. It is the gateway to all other knowledge.”

 

Mission Readiness, a bipartisan group of more than 150 retired generals and admirals formed a nonprofit, national security organization.  They write in their report:  Maine’s Young Adults: Ready, Willing, and Unable to Serve that 75% of Americans aged 17-24 are not eligible to serve in the military.  One of three crucial reasons: inadequate education. 30% (3 out of 10) of potential recruits with a high school degree cannot earn a qualifying score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the AFQT, the untimed screening test that includes vocabulary and arithmetic assessments.

 

The Campaign for High School Equity: A diverse coalition of national organizations representing communities of color that believe high schools should have the capacity and motivation to prepare every student for graduation, college, work, and life.   Review their news releases around achievement gap, ELL students left behind, etc.

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In addition to Reading Matters to Maine, what organizations are concerned about improving the quality of teacher education, particularly regarding reading?

 
The International Dyslexia Association:  Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading
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National Council on Teacher Quality:  Explore the site and read a 2013 report that reflects little change in  the 2006 NCTQ report What Education Schools Aren’t Teaching about Reading and What Elementary Teachers Aren’t Learning.

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McKinsey & Company: Social Sector Office.  Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching.
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Foundations for Excellence in Education: Chiefs for Change.  In a June 1, 2011 news release, eight Chiefs for Change, including Maine Commission Stephen Bowen expressed support for the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Review on Colleges of Education.

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