U.S. students' literacy skills are not up to snuff to meet the growing demands of jobs in the 21st-century workforce, and a new federal grant competition may be necessary to give incentives to states to do something about it, said panelists at a Brookings Institution event today here.
"The standards alone will not be nearly enough to ensure students are prepared to compete with international students and be college- and career-ready."
To improve students' literacy on the national scale, the brief's authors proposed the following:
states need to develop and adopt assessments linked to the new standards (currently underway) improve the system for reporting school performance improve the curriculum taught in schools to meet the new standards provide better professional development to ensure teachers are prepared to help their students to meet these new benchmarks.
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"As educators of varied disciplinary content, the CCSS has challenged us all to become teachers of close reading. Therein lies an implicit challenge to teachers, intellectual repositories of knowledge, histories, and stories: we must become readers ourselves who have evolved into close readers."