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According to a large-scale study backed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education, video and interactive games are beneficial and effective in teaching disadvantaged preschool students literacy skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.

The study incorporated three PBS produced television shows “Sesame Street,” “Between the Lions,” and “Super Why!” in efforts see what affect video and interactive games had on preschoolers’ development of early reading skills.

Eighty classes at forty-seven different centers participated in the spring 2009 study and for 10 weeks, preschool teachers and students were randomly assigned to use a technology-supported science curriculum or a technology-supported literacy curriculum.

Out of the 398 children who participated in the study, those who participated in the literacy curriculum outscored children in the science curriculum on four important measures. These measures include: the ability to name letters, know the sounds associated with those letters, recognize letters in their own names, and understand basic concepts about stories and printed words.

For more information about the study, visit http://cct.edc.org/ready_to_learn.asp and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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A new report called Time to Act-An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success, released by the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy, has many experts in education policy, academia, and philanthropy, calling for a revamping of the way the nation approaches adolescent literacy.

 The panel of experts mentions that the reading and writing skills of adolescents between the grades 4-12 are lacking tremendously. The council worked on the report for five years, and is asking school leaders to use the analyzed data to help them truly assess where the disconnect in adolescent reading and writing is occurring.

The council also called on school leaders to hire teachers who have the skills needed to teach literacy across all subjects and to help teachers build on those skills.

The experts also mention that school leaders should set higher writing and reading standards, build statewide data systems to inform all literacy instruction, and push for the infusion of adolescent-literacy training in state teacher-certification programs and in professional development.

The council also released five separate companion reports that focus on specific issues in adolescent literacy. The reports include: Reading in Disciplines, Adolescent Literacy in Out-of-School Time, Measure for Measure, Adolescent Literacy Programs, and Adolescent Literacy Textbooks.

For more information about the report visit: http://carnegie.org/literacy/tta/.

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