Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Low reading scores: The obvious solution

Sent to US News and World Report, March 29, 2016
Hispanic students did not score well in reading on a national test in 2015 ("Gains in Reading for Hispanic Students Overshadowed by Achievement Gap." March 28). The obvious reason: Poverty.  The obvious immediate solution: More support for school libraries and librarians.
The only way to get better in reading is by reading a lot.  A high percentage of Hispanic students live in poverty, which means few sources of reading material at home, in their neighborhoods, and at school. For these students,  the school library is often the only source of reading material. School librarians are a tremendous help making sure good reading is available and in connecting students with reading that is right for them.

Research consistently shows that better school libraries are associated with better reading scores, as is the presence of a credentialed school librarian. 

Stephen Krashen
original article: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2016/03/28/hispanic-students-gains-overshadowed-by-achievement-gaps


  1. I have been citing the heck out of you in my master's courses!

  2. I work with developing middle grade readers (grades 7 and 8.) Most are Hispanic and live in poverty. This is why I spend so much of my own money to have the best classroom library I can buy and still pay my mortgage. Plus I love teaching surrounded by books that I and my students love.