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Curbing America's Reading Crisis: A Call to Action for Our Children NAEP

O'Reilly, Tenaha; Sands, Anita M.; Wang, Zuowei; Dreier, Kelsey; Sabatini, John P.
Publication Year:
Policy Report of the ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education, November 2019
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Literacy, Vocabulary, Reading Skills, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Elementary Secondary Education, Large-Scale Assessment, Reading Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Decoding Reading, Scenario-Based Assessments, Summative Assessment, Collaborative Learning


In America’s classrooms, children are struggling with the kinds of basic reading and comprehension skills needed for learning in order to advance in the workforce and navigate today’s society, including making critical decisions affecting one’s health and financial situation. As policymakers, educators, and assessment designers strive to address this skills gap, the authors of Curbing America’s Reading Crisis: A Call to Action for Our Children recommend integrating both skills- and knowledge-based considerations as well as social and motivational strategies to further inform these important decisions.

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