How to improve literacy scores: Trust teachers, make reading relevant

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Nashville isn’t alone in its struggle to increase literacy scores.

It’s a state issue. It’s a national issue, too.

The number of students who read proficiently by fourth grade on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress remained stagnant at 36 percent. The test is administered every two years and is called “The Nation’s Report Card.”

So it’s hard to to find examples elsewhere of districts getting the job done, said Julie Simone, a Lipscomb University expert in student literacy.

Her suggestion is to look inward to local and state efforts, especially as they focus on literacy and the many challenges that their schools face to reach reading goals.

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