How Reading Is Taught
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon last month increased the minimum reading score that third graders must achieve at the beginning of the year.
The move means that 97% of the district’s third graders will be placed on a reading improvement plan this school year.
Teachers have protested the move, saying it’s a plot to inflate state report card scores and that it will shift too much attention away from students who really need help.
Today on All Sides: how children learn to read.
- Emily Hanford, senior education correspondent, American Public Media, producer of the 2019 audio documentary “At a Loss for Words,” producer of the 2018 audio documentary "Hard Words"
- Benita Smith, Teacher, East Columbus Elementary School
- Mark Seidenberg, cognitive scientist and professor at the University of Wisconsin, author of “Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It”