Really, the only defensible goal of learning to read in school is not to increase yearly test scores, but to help children become eager, daily readers of self-selected books.
Libraries and other cultural institutions offer a wide variety of learning materials–not just books.
Science-based instruction is important but careful observation of kids to see what they need to succeed is paramount.
Signs that are all around us can provide important literacy lessons for children.
For children to become fully literate, we must provide them with books in which they see themselves.