Cassidy highlights literacy crisis rooted in ‘disproven’ teaching method

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released a report Tuesday morning sounding the alarm on dismal child literacy scores and the “ineffective” tools used to teach students to read.

The report, reviewed by the Washington Examiner, highlighted the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress review, showing two-thirds of fourth and eighth graders and 63% of 12th graders lacking proficiency in reading. Fourth graders reached a more than 20-year low, while eighth and 12th graders are at around a 30-year low.

“It is clear that the Biden administration’s prolonged COVID school closures caused massive harm to our children. Students are entering high school who cannot read,” Cassidy told the Washington Examiner. “If we don’t improve literacy back to and above pre-pandemic levels, the consequences will be dire. We must
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