Laura Robb on Common Core and the struggling reader
By Tyler on March 14th, 2013
In it she explains a conflict she sees in the Common Core standards:
On the one hand, she explains, the standards (in their definition of “the reader and the task”) say teachers know best which texts are appropriately difficult for individual students — many of whom, we all know, can be two, three or four years behind grade level in reading.
“However, I see the Common Core in conflict with itself because the standards say that all students should be reading complex, grade-level texts by the end of the school year,” she writes. “If a teacher decides to offer English language learners or developing readers texts they can learn from, texts two to four years below grade level, the teacher uses his decision-making power under ‘the reader and the task’ — but his students’ won’t be reading on grade level by the end of the year.”
Teachers: Do you agree with Laura? What’s your approach to helping struggling readers catch up?
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