I know that everyone is talking about the report released yesterday by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) entitled To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence. I downloaded the pdf and read the report. What I am mulling over now is this graphic.From To Read or Not To Read (Research Report #47),
courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Can you see the influence of NCLB here? While the focus has been on improving the reading skills of young children, and testing them in grades 3-8, we seem to have forgotten about those in high school. I'm not sure what to make of the drop, but I find it astounding.