Minding the Gap
Clearing Up Misconceptions About the "Science of Reading"
Advocates for the Science of Reading need to expand their view of the science and push for curricula that incorporate it.
Looking for Miracles in the Wrong Places
An "edutourist" in Finland finds the ideal school, but it isn't a school at all.
Putting a New Study on Building Knowledge Into Perspective
The study alone doesn't prove that a content-rich curriculum boosts reading comprehension, but lots of other evidence points to the same conclusion.
Just Adding More Phonics Yields Only Short-Term Gains on Reading Tests
A recent study finds the benefits fade out after fifth grade.
A New Way to Teach Vocabulary: Getting Kids to Infer Meaning from Pictures
Research suggests it can help students acquire vocabulary more quickly than standard approaches.
Does Arguing for "Knowledge" Make You a Republican?
The left has long had an antipathy to the word, but by rejecting it they may be undermining their own goals.
Reports of the Death of Education Reform Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Nor is it true that schools have done all they can to boost students' intelligence--but maybe it's better not to tell anyone.
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Dramatic New Evidence That Building Knowledge Can Boost Comprehension and Close Gaps
A long-term study found that a content-rich curriculum closed the test-score gap between low- and high-income students.
Are "Math Wars" Really the Same Thing as "Reading Wars?"
The conflicts have parallels, but reading differs from math in fundamental ways that have been largely overlooked.
To Boost Kids' Vocabulary, We Need to Build Their Knowledge
It's impossible to directly teach students all the words they need to become proficient readers.
New Study Suggests Standardized Reading Tests Miss a Lot of Learning
It can take years to acquire enough new vocabulary to yield an increase in measures of general reading comprehension.
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