Poverty impacts reading skills. Evidence-based strategies can improve them.

The National Center for Education Statistics released results for its National Assessment of Educational Progress in April. Commonly referred to as “the nation’s report card,” NAEP is the largest continuing assessment of what America's students know and how they perform in various subject areas. Arizona’s most recent results for reading and math in grades 4 and 8 were virtually unchanged from the last NAEP in 2015.

Karen Harris, Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, talked with KJZZ’s Mark Brodie to discuss the complex relationship between poverty and achievement,  the importance of evidence-based practices in reading and writing instruction, and strategies for teaching and improving reading skills.

Listen to the interview here.