What approaches are available to schools to help struggling readers and to efficiently identify students who need special education services?
Page 1: Struggling Readers
Click on the movie below to learn just how many young students have difficulty learning to read (time: 1:00).
Because the curriculum in upper grades relies more and more on independent reading skills, students who struggle with reading in the early grades will eventually struggle in all academic areas. On average, 25% (typically ranging between 20% and 30%) of schoolchildren in the early grades struggle with reading. The actual percentages vary widely, depending on the individual characteristics of the students and the quality of instruction in each school. It is important to remember that, regardless of the causes of their academic difficulty, research has demonstrated effective methods for providing early reading support to these students. Because it is such an essential skill, this module and the modules in this series will focus on reading; however, the models and approaches discussed can be utilized with other academic skills and behaviors.
For Your Information
- Approximately 40% of students across the nation cannot read at a basic level.
- Almost half the students living in urban areas cannot read at a basic level.
- Almost 70% of low-income fourth-grade students cannot read at a basic level.