Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Action should be taken to stop decline in reading proficiency

It is disappointing to see that reading proficiency is down among students in Michigan. Lower-income and minority students continue to be at-risk. 

The ability to read at a proficient level is critical for success in all core-subject areas. Interventions, such as Newsela, must be available in schools for persistently low-performing students.
Michigan’s educators and parents can improve reading proficiency by working together to support learning. Reading aloud to children at an early age is essential for their language development. 

According to the Michigan Department of Education, “the earlier in a child’s educational process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects”. Michigan legislators should consider policies that hold educators and parents accountable in order to improve reading proficiency and overall performance across the board.

The Oakland Press Letter to the Editor - February 4, 2014