Despite the increased focus on early literacy instruction sparked by No Child Left Behind, millions of adolescents still struggle with low literacy skills. In 2015, 66% of all eighth-grade students, 85% of Black students, and 79% of Hispanic students failed to perform proficiently in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Unless these students receive the intensive reading instruction they need in high school, their chances of graduating and securing gainful employment are slim to none. The Baltimore Curriculum Project and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy hosted an event recently to discuss the adolescent crisis in America. Panelists included: Dr. Elizabeth Birr Moje, Interim Dean, University of Michigan School of Education, Dr. Rhonda L. Richetta, Principal, City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Dr. Sonja B. Santelises, Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Dr. David M. Steiner, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.
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