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Improving Reading and Literacy in Louisiana Schools

Louisiana Department of Education wants students to be competitive

Louisiana students’ historically poor performance in reading and literacy have inspired policymakers to reform state education guidelines. Recognizing that the foundation for successful adults begins in the classroom, the Louisiana Department of Education adopted standards to improve students’ reading and literacy skills.

Louisiana students struggle with reading and literacy

In a 2014 study from the non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation, Louisiana ranked next to last in the United States in fourth-grade reading proficiency, tied with the District of Columbia. Seventy-seven percent of fourth-grade students were below the expected reading proficiency. In eighth grade, 32 percent of students were still not proficient readers. If a student can’t read and comprehend the written word, it puts them at a serious disadvantage in other major aspects of life. Reading and literacy is the foundation for student success. Educators with a master’s in reading and literacy can help improve these outcomes.

An M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction prepares teachers for success

An M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction can prepare teachers to identify different types of learning styles and create targeted lessons for students to help them overcome reading difficulties. Students in these programs will gain hands-on experience in schools and classrooms, studying the latest theories, models and approaches to reading education. You may even learn foundational lessons in administration and leadership, preparing you well for a career in literacy education.

Rising expectations for teacher performance

Such specialized training may be more important than ever in light of educational reforms in Louisiana that tie teacher evaluation, compensation and retention to student achievement. A master’s in reading and literacy equips teachers with a solid foundation of reading and literacy instruction methods, the leadership skills to maintain an effective classroom, and proven cutting-edge strategies to overcome students’ reading difficulties.


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