Reading by 3rd grade should be top legislative priority, poll says

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    With the Head Start Program.

    We're still trying to get students to read by the third grade, and lower poverty?

    Legislators don't know how to run education. Period!

    How's those standardized tests working out?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Teaching should be left to teachers, school administrators, and parents.

    Legislators should stay out of it.

    You don't have nurses fixing airplanes, and you don't have legislators fixing education. Period.

  • Education Plus Vernal, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    As a long time educator and now member of the State Board for over 11 years, it is so sad that we don't allow educators to determine what is best for our students in consultation with the parents. Yes, for about 60% of our students, they can and do read on grade level by third grade, but the majority or about 90%+ are reading at grade level by 8th grade. The bottom line is not to punish schools and educators who do not have the majority of their students reading at grade level by any grade, but to fund and help them insure that we have all students reading at an acceptable level, graduating from High School, and ready and prepared to go on to higher education or other preparation programs after high school. The bill from last year takes away money from districts that do not have students reading at level by third grade -- that does not help, especially with the student turnover our state is now experiencing!

  • TallGuy1970 Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    Now, compare this list of priorities from the public to the list of priorities among the republican county and state delegates and you will see exactly why we need the County My Vote initiative to pass! The disconnect is blatant and appalling.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    Wow and when I was in school we were reading by the end of Kindergarten. Good for you common core advocates can we expect our kids to do basic algebra by the time they graduate high school? or is that a stretch? Incidentaly because I took the time to read to my kids when they were young they were all reading by first grade. My oldest is 12 and reading college manuals and encyclopedias already.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    Legislative season really annoys me. Its the one time of the year politicians who often know nothing about children and education get to do things that can muck things up further. Children NEED consistency. The Legislature CHANGES several aspects about standards, rules and curriculum EVERY year. If children need consistency and the legislature needs change, the two entities are at odds with one another.

    What needs to happen is an educational summit no more often than ten years apart where the State School Board, Legislature and Educators map out and STICK TO A PLAN for our students. What does happen is we waste valuable resources such as time, money and kid's attention span on the latest and greatest legislative gimmicks.

    Reading on grade level by grade three IS already an educational priority of parents and educators. There are no immediate consequences when a child fails, and there doesn't appear to be enough financial support for the children at risk to receive additional help. The legislature doesn't have the backbone to put consequences in place and follow through with them, nor the will to provide schools with the funds to meet the goal.