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Postby Debbie_Hepplewhite » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:53 am

MMSD changing curriculum to brain-based letter sound approach as Wisconsin readers fall behind

https://www.channel3000.com/news/mmsd-c ... 1118470315

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's young readers are falling behind as other states embrace the science of reading. The Madison Metropolitan School District said it's taking a big step toward a focus on phonics in an effort to help their students who are struggling.

Currently, many school districts in the state, including MMSD, use cueing techniques to teach young readers. This means when a student comes to a word they don't know, they're often encouraged to guess the word, try to figure it out by looking at a picture, skip it or replace it.

"There're different ways of figuring out the word, but only one of them is reading. And what we know about reading is skilled readers, beginning readers who go on to be skilled readers, use letters and sounds to figure out words," said Steve Dykstra, who is part of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition, a grassroots movement pushing for the state to embrace the science of reading.

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