N.J. Students Need Smarter Reading Lessons, Advocates Say

| NJ.com | Tina Kelley

In previous years, teacher Lovina Shahid had difficulty helping her first graders learn vowel sounds. So, she read up on evidence-based reading programs, hoping to help the students, many of whom spoke Spanish at home. When her district adopted a new curriculum last year based on what is known as the Science of Reading, her peers were skeptical, but not for long.

“It was very exciting to see students able to distinguish between different vowel sounds and letter combinations,” Shahid said of her students at School 21 in Passaic. At the end of the year, she loved seeing that they were confident readers, looking forward to reading their new books.

“Absolutely, I think they made more progress,” she said.

In a report to be released Thursday, a statewide education advocacy group calls for a “reading revolution” so more students can make such progress. The report seeks leadership from the Governor, the Legislature, and the Department of Education to ensure students receive the best possible help in learning to read.

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