Roughly two-thirds of American fourth-graders cannot read at their expected grade level. Children struggling to read in the third grade are likely to be poor readers for their entire lives.
There is a scientifically-backed method to teaching children how to read, but the latest research on reading suggests this practice is not being implemented in most American Schools.
“[We need] to try to create a more seamless system for teacher preparation and to bring in the pre-service programs to recognize that their product is not just a graduate with a certificate. Their product is how well their own students will perform when out in the classroom in k-12 achievement,” said Kelly Butler of the Barksdale Reading Institute