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The reality of Alabama’s dismal reading results

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) tends to put a “positive spin” on student reading performance, when in fact, Alabama student reading results are dismal. In reality, reading performance stagnates or continues to decrease. It is well intentioned that ALSDE launches terrific new programs every few years. But parents have a right to know if their children are ready to succeed in higher grade subjects — all of which require grade-level reading skills. Significant profits remain difficult to achieve.

William Bennet, former US Secretary of Education, warns in his book The Educated Child (1999): “A child who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade has a 70 percent chance of not graduating from school. ” This statement is as accurate now as it was when it was written.

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