Costly failures come with lesson: Reading success begins at birth

Special Report: Memphis’ Reading Test

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Published: May 17, 2019 12:34 AM CT
David Waters
Special to the Daily Memphian

David Waters

David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.

PART 3: Billions of government and philanthropic dollars have funded new curricula and standardized tests, teacher evaluation systems, charter schools and takeover schools. But it hasn't made much of a dent in the third-grade reading gap or any other measures of student performance.


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