The Future of Children

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall

Adolescent Literacy: Learning and Understanding Content
The nation's educational system is turning out readers who are ill-prepared for the literacy demands of the twenty-first century. The most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report indicates that almost one-third of U.S. students do...
Improving Reading in the Primary Grades
A fourth-grade student is working diligently on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Reading. (1) The student finishes reading an informational article on the blue crab and then encounters the following question: The growth...
Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century: Introducing the Issue
Advanced literacy is a prerequisite to adult success in the twenty-first century, By advanced literacy we do not mean simply the ability to decode words or read a text, as necessary as these elementary skills are, Instead we mean the ability to use...
Patterns of Literacy among U.S. Students
Literacy, as the editors note in the introduction to this volume, plays a key role in social mobility, economic growth, and democratic participation. Literacy--the ability to access, evaluate, and integrate information from a wide range of textual...
Reading and Reading Instruction for Children from Low-Income and Non-English-Speaking Households
Reading" is a dynamic construct--what counts as proficient varies as a function of text demands, situation, purpose of reading, and reader characteristics. Although most young children seem to acquire proficiency in early reading skills in the elementary...
Technology Tools to Support Reading in the Digital Age
Technological advances are dramatically altering the texts and tools available to students and teachers. Since 2007, the number of devices available for displaying digital text has increased exponentially. (1) The first e-reader to take hold in the...
The Importance of Infrastructure Development to High-Quality Literacy Instruction
Ongoing efforts to design and disseminate interventions to improve literacy outcomes for U.S. schoolchildren have been something of a success story, but the nation's schools have been less successful in their implementation and use of these interventions....
The Role of Out-of-School Factors in the Literacy Problem
American children enter school with substantial disparities in literacy skills, and for some groups of children the disparities widen as they progress in school. Particularly notable at school entry are gaps by socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity,...
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