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Debate persists around early reading standards

from Education Week

Among the many debates around the Common Core State Standards is an ongoing one about kindergarten: Do the standards ask too much of 5- and 6-year-olds in reading? At the heart of the dispute is a literacy standard that says kindergartners should be able to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding." Experts agree it's a more advanced expectation than appeared in most previous state standards — but there's less consensus on whether it's a better expression of what kindergarten pupils should be doing or an overreach. And a series of papers in recent weeks and months is keeping the debate alive. more


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