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Eye exams linked to kids’ reading levels

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study showed that children with reading challenges may have lower than expected binocular vision test results, something a standard eye exam may overlook.” (more)

The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“Mark Seidenberg is not the first researcher to reach the stunning conclusion that only a third of the nation’s schoolchildren read at grade level. The reasons are numerous, but one that Seidenberg cites over and over again is this: The way kids are taught to read in school is disconnected from the latest research, namely how language and speech actually develop in a child’s brain.” (more)

Analysis: Minnesota Cheers a Booming Graduation Rate — Even as Fewer of Those Grads Can Read or Do Math at a High School Level

The 74 Million – Beth Hawkins

“Some years ago, I was visiting with an inmate in a state prison, a young black man. We’d finished combing through his case, which was a study in sundry miscarriages of justice, and were making small talk. “You know what gets me about this place?” he said, gesturing at the other convicts in the concrete block visiting room. “All these guys graduated from high school.” Covering courts, I didn’t get his point back then. But I thought about him the other day upon reading an analysis published by MinnPost, a nonprofit Minnesota news site where I used to work, showing that graduation rates in the state are rising even though other measures of academic achievement are not. The problem is particularly acute in Minneapolis and St. Paul.” (more)

Cutting-edge research to support students with reading disabilities

E-School News – Ellen Ullman

“Current approaches to identifying students with reading disabilities are often problematic and ineffective, and will not lead students to academic success. However, there have been significant improvements in identification and screening that are allowing us to provide greater—and earlier—support. In “Cutting-Edge Research to Empower Schools to Support Students with Reading Disabilities,” Rick Wagner, associate director for the Florida Center for Reading Research, discussed problems with current methods and how to better help students with these disabilities.” (more)

What to do if your child hates reading

News.Com.Au – Lisa Mayoh

“HOW do you turn a child who hates reading into a little bookworm? Much of it begins at home and experts say even the most reluctant little reader can learn to love books if parents and caregivers follow a few simple steps. Start by making it part of family life, every single day. And that doesn’t just mean reading to your child: it means discovering the magic of books and the printed word together.” (more)

A Funny Side of Literacy

Edutopia – Maurice J. Elias

“When we talk about social skills and social and emotional learning (SEL), an important element is understanding the nuances of language, as well as the the context, the situation, we are in with others. Communication in the English language is not simple, even for native speakers.” (more)