In 2017, Emily Hanford began investigating how children are taught to read. In a series of ongoing reports, collected here, she helped teachers, parents and policymakers recognize widespread flaws in instruction and helped spark a movement to bring the science of reading to schools. She and reporter Christopher Peak have a new podcast about how reading instruction went so wrong.
There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this new podcast, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.
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"Flipping a coin would actually be better" for identifying struggling readers, one researcher said of the test created by influential curriculum developers Fountas and Pinnell.
At least 15 states have passed laws about how schools teach reading since the Sold a Story podcast was released in 2022, but there is pushback.
More states are now requiring districts to adopt curriculum that adheres to the science of reading. Look up the policy in your state.
The controversial educational publishing company has sold instructional materials and professional resources in almost every state, earning at least $1.6 billion over a decade. Explore a map of school districts.
Here's a reading list put together by Emily Hanford.
Initial gains from first-grade intervention didn't last and kids performed worse in third and fourth grade.
The education professors double down on a flawed approach that encourages pictures and context to read words. Heinemann — their publisher — faces harsh criticism.
In a major shift, the controversial figure in the fight over how to teach reading now says that beginning readers should focus on sounding out words, according to a document obtained by APM Reports.
The governor won't contest a court ruling that found students have a constitutional right to learn to read and agrees to more funding for Detroit schools.
A federal court recently ruled that underfunded schools in Detroit violated students' right to a basic education. Advocates hope the case is the beginning of a trend.
A first of its kind review finds Lucy Calkins' materials don't align with the science of reading.
Several powerful people and organizations have weighed in on the national conversation prompted by APM Reports' podcast episodes.
Correspondent Emily Hanford talks about the latest NAEP results and what they say about the state of reading instruction in the U.S.
Hanford talks about her reporting on what's wrong with how schools teach reading.
After our recent examination of why American kids aren't being taught to read well, we received a ton of questions, mostly from parents. So we went to the experts to get answers.
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The state's reliance on cognitive science explains why.
Teacher preparation programs continue to ignore the sound science behind how people become readers.
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