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Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to Reading Scores Released Today by U.S. Dept. of Education

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Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Reacts to Reading Scores Released Today by U.S. Dept. of Education

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Trial Urban District Assessment (NAEP TUDA) scores in eighth grade reading in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego:

“City and county officials are to be commended for using this national test to measure how their students are doing. What the NAEP results show is that the percentage of students with inadequate reading skills remains high and that there is still work to be done.

“Eighth grade students who are reading below grade level will enter their high school years without the basic skills they need to learn and achieve academic success. The ability to read and comprehend is a major predictor of how well students will do as they progress through school. Without these skills, many fall further behind and drop out altogether.

“After third grade, most schools no longer think that classroom reading instruction is necessary, believing that after students have ‘learned to read’ they can teach themselves to ‘read to learn.’ But rigorous assessments, such as NAEP, demonstrate that students must continue to receive reading instruction that includes vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and critical thinking skill development, and that matches the demands of advancing coursework. Congress has the opportunity to assist state and local officials in improving these middle school reading scores.”

Gov. Wise’s recorded comments are available to download for media use at:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

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