On a Mission

The Wisconsin Reading Coalition is a grassroots movement of parents, educators, advocacy organizations, health professionals, and business leaders committed to bringing scientifically-based reading instruction and intervention to all Wisconsin students.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. ~ Mohandas Gandhi

Problems in Wisconsin Reading

Video: Reading Crisis in Wisconsin

Wisconsin 4th Grade NAEP Reading Results, 2013

Wisconsin’s performance on the reading portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continues to be simply unacceptable and unnecessary.

We also encourage you to view state, district, and school performance on the WSAS/WKCE. Go to http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp
Click on "more WSAS comparisons," then select grade, school, sub group of students, year, type of test taken (WKCE/alternate assessment), and test subject.

-  Below Basic  -   Basic   -   Proficient   -   Advanced  -

All Students
• Only 8% of our students score at the advanced level.
• 32% are BELOW basic.

White Students
•24% of white students score BELOW basic.

Low Income Students
• 49% of students on free or reduced lunch score BELOW basic.

Black Students
• Our black students have the lowest scores in the nation, with 65% BELOW basic.

Students with Disabilities
• 73% of students with disabilities score BELOW basic.

How Wisconsin Measures Up

• Our scores have been statistically unchanged since 1992, while other states have steadily improved.

• Wisconsin's national ranking has dropped from 3rd to 31st.
Current teaching methodologies stifle the growth of our most talented children, and seriously hinder academic and life success for minority children and those with disadvantaged backgrounds or learning disabilities.

Upcoming Events & Breaking News

Contact us with information on reading events in your community and we will post them here!

See the Events page for conferences and training

OSERS issues Dyslexia Guidelines

Seeking volunteer reading tutors for first grade students at Kluge School in Milwaukee. Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8:00 and 11:00. Training, lesson plans, and all materials provided. Phonics-based approach. Contact Betsy Prinz at betsynilesprinz@att.net

Take the Dyslexia At School Survey from Dyslexic Advantage

Wisconsin teachers may now work toward a 316 Reading Teacher license by pursuing the online Science of Reading coursework at the College of Mount St. Joseph. See the Events page for details.

See the Research and Studies and Media pages for the latest from Louisa Moats, TNTP, Christine Calabrese, Alison Clarke, and more

Follow up from NCLD on Sen. Cassidy's unsuccessful amendment to ESEA
Republican leadership toning down opposition to Common Core
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial: It's time to end the fight over Common Core

Zaner Bloser acquires Superkids core reading program

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know: download online 

Take a neuromyths quiz from American University

Leveled Reading: The making of a literacy myth by Robert Pondiscio and Keven Mahnken

Dyslexia - Different for  Reason You Tube video from Dyslexic Advantage

FTC settles case against Your Baby Can Read

NCTQ teacher prep program ratings are out; Wisconsin faces uphill climb

Eight more universities are aligned with IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

Annie E. Casey study shows Wisconsin black students lowest in the country for 4th grade reading proficiency rates; white students in lower half of the nation

Legislation seeking to step away from the Common Core State Standards did not move forward in this session:
Watch Supt. Evers' appeal. Read proposed Senate bill and Assembly version as well as commentary from jsonline, Wisconsin State Journal, and Star Tribune More comments on the media page.

Louisa Moats interview on CCSS implementation: let's make sure our teachers understand the reading foundations we expect our students to learn

 WI receives a D+ on the 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook. We get points for having a rigorous test on reading science, but demerits for failing to require colleges to teach that science

 The International Dyslexia Association has an excellent online resource for the classroom

 Support House Resolution #456 on dyslexia and the critical need for action by schools

Year-end message from the National Right to Read Foundation

Guest comment by 40 leading reading researchers, educators, and advocates in the Washington Post: Consider submitting a supportive comment

Consumer alert: be wary of companies making claims that colored lenses and overlays will treat dyslexia

William Tunmer and colleagues article on "Reading Recovery and the Failure of the New Zealand National Literacy Strategy"

Foundations of Reading exam delayed 30 days; passing score phased in

NCTQ releases its report on teacher preparation programs, and WI does not fare well
Read a JSOnline article on the report                        See the breakdown of UW System schools for early reading and struggling readers
                                Read NCTQ's explanation of each school's scores

Click for recent press coverage and WRC comment on Common Core State Standards

Read about the proposals for expansion of the PALS reading screener that are before the Wis. Joint Committee on Finance. Read WRC comments to the legislators.

10% of Wisconsin kindergarten students need intervention in pre-reading skills, according to PALS-K screener results

Information about the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading exam is online:

Reading Recovery success rate in Madison schools is just 28%

2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook is released by NCTQ; Read national and Wisconsin-specific reports. Wisconsin got points for the new teacher reading exam and the requirement for colleges to publish first-time passage rates for their students.

 Children of the Code has posted its latest video series, "Changing Trajectories"

Read a joint statement from WRC and WIBIDA on expansion of literacy screening in Wisconsin.

The UW System has agreed to release syllabi for core undergraduate education courses to the National Council for Teacher Quality. They will also pay approximately $10,000 to NCTQ in attorneys fees, damages, and costs. UW had claimed copyright protection in refusing to release the syllabi, and NCTQ sued under public records law in January, 2012.

Check out the Dyslexia Toolkit and the video What is Dyslexia? from the National Center for Learning Disabilities

Brain Imaging Study at Medical College of Wisconsin Seeks Participants

The Functional Imaging Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin is seeking children ages 8-17 to participate in a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Both children with and without reading disabilities (dyslexia) are needed.

Full participation involves four visits. Families will receive a brief summary of their child's test results, a picture of their brain, a small stipend to cover travel and expenses, and a gift certificate for the child.

For more information, see the recruitment document and call 414-456-7623 or 414-456-7624. Please feel free to copy and distribute or post the posting advertisement.


Whether high achievers, struggling readers, or average students, there is a better way for all children!

We must embrace the recommendations and examples of:

  • The Scientific Research

  • The Top-Performing States 

We can break through the stagnant performance that has dogged Wisconsin for over a decade, creating a brighter future for our children and our state.