Nov. 15 summit in Boise focuses on reading

Educators will look for ways to teach Idaho kids more effectively.

broberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 25, 2013 

Idaho third-grade readers lag behind much of the country, test scores show.

National tests show 31 percent of Idaho third-graders aren’t reading at grade level. They lag behind top-performing states such as Massachusetts

Turning out accomplished readers is a key element to help students get jobs as adults and to grow the state’s economy.

Idaho Business for Education, other education organizations, the Idaho Statesman and KTVB are sponsoring the Idaho Reading and Literacy Summit to focus on improving reading among Idaho students.

The summit is planned for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Boise State University Student Union Building. Admission is free, but participants must register.

Reading received a lot of attention from Idaho education groups in the late 1990s. But as the conversation has moved to science and technology education, core standards and other topics, reading has not held as dominant a place in the discussion.

The summit will bring in speakers such as author Louisa Moats, who writes about reading, spelling and language.

Other participants will include Ralph Smith of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Virginia Paine, vice president of the Children’s Reading Foundation, which gives parents and caregivers tools to help with children’s reading.

Bill Roberts: 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts

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