Teachers say gains in reading are harder to come by than in math

05/30/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Educators across the country report that students' reading-comprehension scores are rising at a slower pace than math scores. At issue could be the more complicated nature of reading difficulties. "Is it a vocabulary issue? A background knowledge issue? A sentence length issue? How dense is the text?" asked Brett Peiser, CEO of Uncommon Schools network of charter schools. "It's a three-dimensional problem that you have to attack. And it just takes time."

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