As the reading abilities of America’s children plummet, the question arises: why? Contrary to popular belief, the COVID pandemic is not the main cause. The real answer lies in the failure of most teacher training programs to instruct aspiring teachers in the most efficient and scientifically proven methods of teaching reading to children.
According to the results of the National Assessment for Educational Progress, a staggering 66% of U.S. fourth graders who took the 2022 reading exam failed to achieve proficiency.
In California, the reading exam saw 69% of fourth graders falling short of proficiency.
Despite the convenient excuse of COVID, the true culprit behind this dire situation is the widespread use of ineffective methods for reading instruction.