TIER RELEASES "ADDRESSING THE READING CRISIS IN TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS: AN AGENDA FOR SUCCESS"
When it comes to teaching children how to read, Texas is failing. According to 2013 data from NAEP, only 28 percent of the 4th graders and 31 percent of the 8th graders in Texas public schools are proficient readers. Moreover, there has been little improvement over the past decade. This paper begins by summarizing what we know about reading and how to teach it, then makes a strong case for why scientifically based reading instruction must become the norm in Texas public schools.
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TIER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COURTNEY BOSWELL PUBLISHES OP-ED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
"We know from research how to equip all of our young people to become proficient readers. The challenge we face is putting that knowledge to use - and supporting it with appropriate resources - so that every child in Texas has the opportunity to be successful in school and in life." Read the full article here.
TIER BOARD MEMBER SECRETARY ROD PAIGE PENS OPEN LETTER TO LEGISLATORS REGARDING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Former Secretary of Education and TIER Board Member Rod Paige penned an open letter to lawmakers in advance of the 84th legislative session. The letter, which was published in the Houston Chronicle, argues for a renewed focus on the impact public education has on Texas students and for lawmakers to put special interests aside. The letter can be read online here.
TIER RELEASES 2014 - 2015 EDUCATION POLICY AGENDA
Texas Institute for Education Reform (TIER) has released their 2014 - 2015 policy agenda outlining their core priorities for the future of education reform in Texas. The agenda, which can be viewed online here, covers topics ranging from assessment and accountability system changes, expanding educational choice for families, increasing school district autonomy, and focusing on education funding and productivity.