Louisiana’s Remarkable Reading Test

The Louisiana Department of Education announced a plan to develop a new reading test to pilot in five districts. The test incentivizes the kind of teaching and learning disadvantaged students need to close pernicious achievement gaps in ELA. The pilot signals the critical awareness that language proficiency is knowledge dependent, and that educational equity is not served by ignoring this or trying to wish it away.

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A Brief Appreciation of E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, offers a succinct appreciation of three profound ideas that E. D. Hirsch, Jr. has contributed to the national discussion of education in America.

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CKLA Now on Nearpod

The Knowledge Strand of Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA) is now available on Nearpod, a digital lesson delivery platform that provides interactive experiences for both students and teachers. Find out more in this post from Amplify, the Core Knowledge Foundation’s publishing partner for CKLA.

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Developing Strong Readers by First Building Knowledge

Walk through the halls of Byrd Avenue Primary School and you’ll be surprised by the conversations kindergartners are having. You might overhear them chatting about ancient civilization, or exactly how the sandwiches they ate at lunch are digested by their bodies.

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The Baseball Experiment

In 1987, two young researchers from Marquette University ran an experiment. Their results showed that even as many Language Arts programs emphasize “reading strategies,” knowledge counts much more than you might think when it comes to understanding text.

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When Kids Collide with Content

“I’m not opposed to teaching about families, but teaching content goes much deeper.” What we need, says Susan Lambert, specialist in Early Literacy, is content “that involves rich vocabulary and engrossing associated concepts—content that … leads to engaging and invigorating conversations.”

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Happy Thirtieth Anniversary to Cultural Literacy!

In this back-to-school season, we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of E. D. Hirsch, Jr.’s CULTURAL LITERACY, the book that started the Core Knowledge movement and sparked both heated arguments and thoughtful discussions, many ongoing today.

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