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Reading First and the Evidence: A Response to Sol Stern

by Stephen Krashen

In a recent article published in the City Journal, Stern (2007) defends Reading First, the reading portion of No Child Left Behind. Stern (a Contributing Editor to City Journal and a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow) claims that Reading First has worked, and cites evidence from three places: Virginia (specifically, Richmond City and Fairfax County), the state of Alabama, and New York City (comparing Region 5 with the rest of the city).

I will discuss each of these sites in turn. In some cases, a closer look at the data shows that the results are not what Stern says they are. In other cases, I will conclude that it is premature to give Reading First the credit for gains that are present. I will then deal with several of SternĂ¢€™s unfounded statements about reading instruction in general in the United States. . . .

You need to go to the link below for the rest of this article rebutting Stern--to see the charts.

Here is the Sol Stern screed.

— Stephen Krashen
The Pulse


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