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As Chicago Teachers Strike, 79 Percent of Students Can't Read

badams928 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 12:48 PM
Katie, although I really like your posts normally, you just left yourself wide open for an attack that YOU'RE not proficient at the 8th grade reading level. Just because you're not proficient doesn't mean you can't read. The standard is: "Eighth-grade students performing at the Proficient level should be able to show an overall understanding of the text, including inferential as well as literal information." The headline suggests you don't have an overall understanding the statement from the Dept of Ed. http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/achieveall.asp#grade8

It's day two of the 26,000 unionized teacher strike in Chicago. More than 400,000 students are still without their classrooms and apparently, without any reading skills. From CNSNews:

Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.

Once again, let's revisit why the teachers are on strike. First, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dared to try and tie teachers to standardized testing scores and proposed evaluating . Second, teachers aren't happy...