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April 17, 2018 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years' by Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler writes in The Atlantic, “Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.” The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released every 2 years, shows that “[m]ath scores have been flat since 2009 and reading scores since 1998, with just a third or so of students performing at a level the NAEP defines as ‘proficient.’ Performance gaps between lower-income students and their more affluent peers, among other demographic discrepancies, have remained stubbornly wide.”

On April 10, “a panel of experts in Washington, D.C., convened by the federally appointed officials who oversee the NAEP concluded that the root of the problem is the way schools teach reading. The current instructional approach, they agreed, is based on assumptions about how children learn that have been disproven by research over the last several decades—research that the education world has largely failed to heed.”

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