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In a time when teens spend hours on their laptops or mobile devices, new research is giving educators and parents a glimpse of hope, according to The Washington Post. Although pleasure reading on printed materials (books, newspapers and magazine) dropped 23 percent in 2008, compared with 2003, from 65 minutes a week to 50 minutes a week, experts say that teens are still reading, they are now using different methods.

“They could be reading on the cell phone, in games, on the Web, on the computer. It doesn’t meant they’re not reading, but they’re not reading using the printed page,” Sandra Hofferth, a researcher at the University of Maryland, told The Washington Post.

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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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