Early reading vital
It is heartwarming to know that so many high schools in Miami-Dade received high grades, as noted in the Dec. 22 story No D’s, F’s on South Florida’s report card. However, this would be even more meaningful if substantial changes weren’t made in the calculations that produced this improvement.
For example, it is significant that, “the state no longer factors in whether a majority of low-performing students showed learning gains.” As a retired learning-disabilities teacher I am particularly concerned about these children, and I have felt for a long time that the best way to enable at-risk readers to read on grade level by third grade (an important step toward success in school), is to do whatever is necessary to empower them to read on grade level by the end of first grade. This would result in a much greater degree of progress and is a course worth pursuing.
Jeffrey B. Reiter, Miami