How should Idaho build better readers?

Four hundred business and government leaders and educators are gathered at Boise State University this morning to tackle a tough question: How does Idaho improve reading ability for its young students?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, an exam that compares reading and math skills for fourth and eighth graders across the country, shows that 32 percent of Idaho’s fourth graders can’t read on grade level. At the same time, Idaho has set a goal that 60 percent of 25-34 year olds will need some kind of post-secondary education by 2020 to be ready for the job market

Answers to building better readers stretch from the classroom to the community, reading experts say. During the day, we’ll look at the problem and some solutions. I’ll be blogging throughout the day. Check back to see what people here are talking about.

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