Friday, March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Moje on possible reasons why students' reading assessments decline as they progress through grades

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An article in the Florida Sun Sentinel, published on March 6, 2010, looks at why some students in South Florida schools don't read at grade level. The reporter discusses possible deleterious effects of high-tech distractions such as videogames and social networks like Facebook. She also interviews a student who says the school sends mixed messages about the importance of reading. Elizabeth Moje suggests that reading instruction falls off in upper grades when students are still learning how to read. Yet in those upper grades, the subject matter they're required to comprehend is more complex.

She also says that students may not be motivated to perform well on the standardized tests: "By the time you're in 10th grade, especially if you're not that great a reader… why would you even work very hard on those tests? We can't be surprised that we see these drops," Moje said. Elizabeth Birr Moje is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of education.

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