North Carolina Reading Scores

Some new numbers on how North Carolina kids rate in reading compared the national average have been released.

North Carolina fourth graders are reading on par with their peers across the nation. However, eighth graders in the state have reading scores slightly below the national average.

That's the conclusion after results of the 2009 national assessment of educational progress.

The state superintendent says the state will looking at ways to strengthen reading instruction for students in all grades.


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  • by Collosus Location: Somewhere on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    To All Teachers-let me say this and with all due respect. I hear what you saying, but I am an involved parent. I havep to midnight with my kid helping him with homework that we did not have any guidance on! Essentially I was teaching the material to my child! There were no notes, no textbook, nothing. These assignemnts were not a reflection of what was taught in class. Nor, was my child shown the skills to complete the assignmnet. One thing teachers should keep in mind the way we learned & what we learned is alot different now. And, where is the professinalism nowadays. Teachers used to exemplify professionalism! The way they dressed, talked, acted was generally model examples of how to be. Nowadays you can not tell the difference between the kids and the teachers!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    Even as a teacher, these stats do not bother me. I figure that my two kids will look brilliant! :)
  • by john Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    Re segregate the schools and then check the numbers??? The truth shall set you free!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    The only reading on this board is from Glen Beck's chalkboard LOL
  • by yvonne Location: windsor on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    Learning does start in the home. Some students copycat their environments and other rise above them. Students must take responsibility for their own learning. If everything wasn't FREE, then maybe education would be taken seriously. If you can buy $200.00 sneakers, cell phones, games consoles, etc., then you should pay a textbook fee,a bond set for student who fight or commit violent acts in school or some general fee that will help hold parents accountable. Parents are totally off of the hook. Many blame the school for everything. Try to get them in for a conference for academics and you'll find the phone out of order or no vehicle is available, but allegedly call a student a name or be lied on by a student and here they come. Parents take that concern and put it towards your child's academics, instead of being and creating another 'statistic"
  • by yvonne Location: windsor on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Once you learn a bike, you never forget. You may need a refresh"er course. I still say you can not "unlearn" to read. I not talking about calling out letter and words, but actually reading. It is a skill that can be improved upon, but once you learn your sounds and blends, you will not forget it. Now comprehending is a whole other horse!
  • by P on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    Also take all the computers, calculators, copy machines to make copies for kids, etc out of elementary school. Have kids write it down, learn to think, do it the old fashion way. Wrong info in is wrong info out, yeah as a teacher this may help, and I am not the only teacher with this opinion. Let them do the multimedia stuff in middle school and learn to use the caculators. Not only will it improve literacy, but also thinking, studying, and problem solving.
  • by LuvMyGrady Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    You wouldn't believe how bad it really is. Many of the kids at the local community colleges can't read well and their pronunciation is horrible. Something needs to be done!
  • by Former Teacher Location: NC on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    These kids should be tested each year in ALL grades not just the 4th and 8th grades. The "parents" need to get off their butts and help the kids with their homework. Be something in life besides egg donors and sperm donors. Be Moms and Dads! These kids are America's future!
  • by wrong on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    Wrong! Reading is a skill and if you don't constantly hone that skill then you can indeed "unlearn" how to read.
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