The Answer Sheet: Literacy

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The civics test native Americans flunked -- but immigrants passed

The government shutdown is a good opportunity to revisit America’s civic literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civic Literacy, The Literacy Problem

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Literacy experts say reformers reviving 'reading wars'

Renowned literacy experts take issue with a recent report on the quality of teacher education programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Critique of Ed School Ratings, Literacy Education, Reading

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Study: Most states don't score well on financial literacy

Here's how every state did on its commitment to financial literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Literacy, Virginia Gets an A; Maryland Gets a D

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Five ways to improve literacy learning (that work better than high-stakes tests)

Why the National Council of Teachers of English supports a moratorium on the high-stakes consequences of Common Core-aligned standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Literacy, What Works and What Doesn't

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/10/2011

D.C. named most literate U.S. city

a new study that looks at six different factors concludes that Washington D.C. is the most literate city in the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading | Tags:  d.c. literate, d.c. most literate cities, literacy, literacy and d.c., literate cities, most literate cities

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Teacher: ‘Maybe it is time for me to go’

A teacher looks back on a quarter-century in the classroom and says that, for the first time, she is being told what to teach, how to teach it and when, preventing her from helping her students in the way she knows they need. "Hold me accountable, but let me do it my way," she says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers, Teachers | Tags:  literacy, literacy blocks, race to the top, teachers, veteran teachers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010

Ed policies ignore science on how/when kids learn

Early education expert Lisa Guernsey shows just how out of whack American public education is by looking at new science and social research.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation, early childhood development and reading, early education, early education initiative, literacy development

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/15/2010

Literacy kudzu

Will Fitzhugh, editor of The Concord Review, questions, no, savages, the way students are taught to read in school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  best practices and reading instruction, how to teach reading, how to teach writing, learning, literacy, reading, reading instruction, reading wars, will fitzhugh, writing

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 05/06/2010

How Obama should set literacy goals

A literacy expert writes that the Obama administration's proposal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, A Blueprint for Reform, is on the right track in its literacy goals in its Blueprint for Reform. However, the goals as currently stated are very general and could lead to literacy approaches that might not be effective.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:46 PM ET, 05/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind | Tags:  literacy goals, obama and blueprint for reform, obama and literacy, reauthorizing ESEA, rewriting nclb, rewriting no child left behind

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/11/2010

'Word of decade': Google? 9/11?

Since the American Dialect Society named "google" as the word that best describes the past decade, I keep asking people if they agree or would have picked one of the contenders: “9/11,” "green," "blog," "text" and "war on terror." Some liked “google” best defined the period, others “9/11” and one said “global warming,” the “word of the decade” picked by the Global Language Monitor, which analyzes and tracks language trends. Opinion was not unanimous either, on some of the other words selected by the society, including the decade’s most creative word word--“Dracula sneeze”--and the most euphemistic--“the Appalachian trail (see explanations below).

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading | Tags:  literacy

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009

‘The Book Whisperer’ reveals how to get kids to read

Meet Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Texas and author of "The Book Whisperer." Here she tells us exactly how to get kids who would never voluntarily pick up a book learn to love to read. And she explains what a 14-year-old boy told her about reading "Twilight," and why she told, "No nobler reason for reading a book has ever existed."=

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Early Childhood | Tags:  literacy, reluctant readers