U.S. fourth graders lag behind international peers in reading
Want your fourth grader to be a better reader? Send them to Russia, several provinces in Canada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, or Luxembourg. Take your pick.
According to results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy test, U.S. fourth graders – who took the test last year -- are lagging behind their international peers. Read more about the results here and here.
The results should be distressing to No Child Left Behind supporters because U.S. students scored about the same they did in 2001 – even though the federal act has placed more of an emphasis on reading since then.
I can’t wait to see what the readers have to say about this study. I’ve been reading the comments that Liz’s post yielded last week, and they got quite spirited.