Proof and Promise: Reading by Louisiana students garners national attention while focus remains on American students’ historic learning loss. – The Observer

BATON ROUGE, THE – Monday’s release of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides proof and promise that recently passed reforms in literacy education, championed by the Center for Literacy & Learning, are working in Louisiana as fourth graders made the highest gains in the nation for reading. The national results, however, are also a stark reminder that there is still much work to be done as students have experienced disruptions in their learning.

The NAEP scores followed the trend highlighted in Louisiana’s state tests, known as LEAP, whose results last spring showed promising improvements as well as significant concerns. The NAEP scores also come as the Center releases an impact report from its landmark statewide literacy coaching program that began with the 2021-2022 school year. The Center provided technical support in 262 schools in 64 school districts during the 2021-2022 school year.

“For Louisiana to lead the nation in fourth-grade reading gains is an incredible testament to the hard work being done in our state. From our efforts to partner with the Louisiana Legislature in 2019 to create the Early Literacy Commission to the Center’s advocacy to secure funding for a literacy coach pilot program in 2020, there have been a series of reforms legislative and programmatic over the past three years that have helped us get to this point,” said John Wyble, PhD, CEO of the Center for Literacy and Learning.

Since 2019, the Center has worked successfully to advocate for significant, evidence-based legislative and policy reforms in support of teaching reading science to students. Click here for a complete listing, by year, of these reform efforts.

“We commend and support Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana Superintendent of Education, and his team for bringing incredible vision and emphasizing the importance of third-grade literacy achievement and its impact on students. sustainable educational outcomes for students. We believe our partnership with Dr. Brumley and the Louisiana Department of Education can serve as a model for other states,” added Wyble.

Nationally, 30 states and jurisdictions saw their reading scores drop significantly while 22 showed no significant change. No state saw a statistically significant increase in scores from their 2019 performance. The average national public reading score saw a three-point drop. However, amid this slew of bad news, there is reason to be optimistic for Louisiana, as student reading scores have not declined from 2019 scores.

Notably, Louisiana joins states and jurisdictions whose grades 4 and 8 reading scores are not significantly different from the national average, an improvement from 2019, when Louisiana was among the states with significantly lower scores. to the national average.

“It is more important than ever that we strengthen our commitment to appropriate teacher training and ongoing support, curriculum use, instructional strategies and family literacy engagement to drive us even further” , adds DeJunne’ Clark Jackson, president of the Center. “The Center will continue its efforts to ensure equitable education for all students. »

The Center recognizes that there is no short-term solution, but it will take a commitment to reform, transparency, data and resources to reverse generations of poor outcomes for Louisiana students. “It is reasonable to expect that it will take a few years for literacy assessment data to reflect these individual, local and state efforts. In the meantime, we [The Center] will continue to work with parents, educators, administrators, and business and community leaders on many ways we can all continue to be part of the long-term solution to improving student outcomes in literacy, early learning and in education generally,” Wyble concluded.

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