- Early Childhood
- Adult Literacy
Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
|Title||What Really Matters for Struggling Readers|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Keywords||achievement gap, Adolescent, Assessment, comprehension, Elementary, Equity, fluency, Middle School, Reading, strategies, struggling readers|
What Really Matters for Struggling Readers offers a clear blend of research and practice that teachers can use to develop better methods for helping children with reading difficulties.
In What Really Matters for Struggling Readers, nationally recognized scholar Dick Allington offers easy-to-understand interpretations of research that support three important principles: Children need to read a great deal to become proficient readers, offering summaries of research on the subject, the text shows how to monitor the amount of reading and create interventions that expand reading activity. Children need access to appropriate books, exploring the research on the subject, the text contains suggestions for designing schools where books are available and appropriate for all children. Children need to develop fluent reading to become proficient readers, reviewing the research on reading fluency, the text provides instructional models and methods for fostering fluency.
Dr. Allington clearly describes the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and its negative affect on the American education system. A myriad of proven reading strategies are offered to the audience. If the policy makers listen, his sound and practical guidance will unquestionably aim future teaching in the correct direction. His book goes beyond expectation; he provides the deflated educator and struggling reader with a light at the end of the tunnel.