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  • Ten States Adopt Next Generation Science Standards With CCSS Appendix

    Gina Cervetti by Gina Cervetti
    University of Michigan
    March 19, 2014

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K–12 Science Education serve as the basis for the development of the Standards are notable for their attention to the role of literacy in learning and practicing science.

  • Three IRA Literacy Research Panel Members Comment on Michigan House Bill 5111

    Nell Duke Elizabeth Moje Annemarie Palincsar by Nell Duke, Elizabeth Moje, and Annemarie Palincsar
    University of Michigan
    February 26, 2014

    The IRA Literacy Research Panel comments on Michigan House Bill 5111 about state third-grade reading tests.

  • NGA Report on Early Childhood

    Richard Long by Richard Long
    International Reading Association
    October 31, 2013

    The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices issued a paper: A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade. The report observes that those students who are not reading at grade level by the third are at risk of failure. They cite that only one third of all students enter the fourth grade with the literacy skills needed to succeed.
  • Analyses of State Policy in Pre-K and K

    Nell Duke by Nell Duke
    University of Michigan
    April 16, 2013

    The Education Commission of the States has recently released analyses of state policy in Pre-K and K. Given the importance of these years of emergent literacy development, this analyses may be of strong interest to IRA members.

    In State Pre-K Funding: 2012-13 School Year (PDF) by Michael Griffith, we learn that despite state budgets growing only 2.2% and many cuts to K – 12 schooling, 24 states increased funding for Pre-K in 2012-13, most by percentages in the double digits.
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