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Topic: reading comprehension

Reversing Declines in Reading Scores in Middle and High School

January 22, 2018

It’s a common concern that only one-third of fourth graders’ reading scores are at grade level. A lesser known statistic is that despite remediation and intervention, 66% of students aren’t reading at grade level in 8th grade. This latter statistic suggests two important findings: For many students, the effects of elementary school reading remediation efforts aren’t long lasting; and Many students who are fine readers in elementary school aren’t continuing to develop at an appropriate rate The implications of poor reading skills are well-known and well-documented, affecting every aspect of adult life. Why do students show reading declines in middle and high school (even if they are fine elementary readers)? A strikingly high number of reading problems are not discovered until middle… Read More

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Verbal Reasoning Skills: How Your Child Learns

December 9, 2014

Verbal Reasoning Skills Verbal reasoning skill uses words to draw inferences from limited information and develop an understanding of an idea by considering its components or connections to other ideas. We use verbal reasoning skills when we listen, read, speak and write. In the shoes of a child with a verbal reasoning skills weakness It can feel lonely as a child with a verbal reasoning skill weakness. In class, it may feel like everyone else understands what the teacher is saying, except you. You may be embarrassed to ask the teacher to explain it again, or you feel bad about slowing down the rest of the class. At lunch time you may not “get the joke” or follow the conversation so… Read More


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