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U.S. girls read and write better than boys

Girls show better reading and writing ability than boys as early as 4th grade. It gets worse after that.

Check letter spacing to help kids learn to read

How can the spacing of letters in words be used to help young children who are having difficulty learning to read?

Kids from poorer families may know fewer words

Kids from low-income families are exposed to fewer words, but the fact is, vocabulary remains smaller than peers even after school starts.

Canadian immigrant kids’ learning at risk

Childhood immigration in Canada, esp. with rising refugees there, has sent educators looking for answers on how to best educate them.

$45 mil from feds will strengthen Md. literacy

Literacy is a foundation for all learning, and Md. public schools have their share of $45 million coming from the feds to boost literacy skills.

Boys or girls, we get good at what we practice

We can deny it, but test after test (whether valid or not) shows boys score well in higher math and girls in elementary reading. What to do?

Storytelling, reading achievement link is complex

Esp. for African-American boys, storytelling ability seems linked to the trajectory of reading achievement in elementary school.

Elementary academics better with vision screening

If elementary students get good vision screenings, some research suggests they may experience better academic outcomes.

Special ed needs to focus better for reading

Reading and spelling difficulties could play an important role in determining what special education services young students may need.

Genetics may predict a child’s reading ability

A London study has used a genetic scoring technique to predict reading performance throughout school years from DNA alone.