Consequences of Today’s Adolescent Literacy Achievement Gap

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Challenges – Today young people who leave high school without excellent and flexible reading and writing skills stand at a great disadvantage. In the past, those students who dropped out of high school could count on an array of options for establishing a productive and successful life. But in a society driven by knowledge and ever-accelerating demands for reading and writing skills, very few options exist for young people lacking a high school diploma. Even with a diploma in hand, today’s young people face increasing literacy demands.Yet the large number of students who struggle with reading and writing has not changed noticeably in decades.This disparity between the demands of modern life and the inadequate literacy achievement of eight million struggling readers and writers has therefore given a new urgency to the need for reform.  Read More