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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.
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…
September 19, 2018
Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing
Aurora discovered that about 40 percent of its third-through-eighth-graders earned zero points on certain writing sections of the state test.
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.
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August 16, 2018
With accelerated growth in literacy and math, Denver students close in on state averages
Still, fewer than half of Denver students in grades three through eight met state expectations in literacy, and only about a third met them in math.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
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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.
July 2, 2018
Attorneys in literacy lawsuit plan to appeal federal judge’s ‘disappointing’ dismissal
A judge has dismissed Detroit students' federal lawsuit. Attorneys plan to appeal.
January 2, 2018
Four Memphis charter organizations pilot new reading curriculum
The literacy grants from Memphis Education Fund come at a time when local and state officials are doubling down on solutions to Tennessee’s reading challenges.
October 13, 2017
In their second year, Tennessee’s summer reading camps show improved skills for some
While testing data is available for only half of participating students, those who were assessed grew in their reading accuracy by an average of 4 percentage points.
October 11, 2017
KIPP launches collaborative with Memphis charters to improve literacy results
Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have adopted the KIPP Wheatley curriculum.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
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August 15, 2017
This Colorado teacher doesn’t come to class with ironclad lessons. Instead, students help her plan along the way.
A teacher from Western Colorado talks about the woman who inspired her to teach, the importance of parent feedback and why she likes it when students laugh in class.
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