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, 2015

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

-  Below Basic  -   Basic   -   Proficient   -   Advanced  -

  •  8%  advanced
  • 29% proficient
  • 34% basic
  • 29%  BELOW basic  

How Wisconsin Measures Up Nationally

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

• Wisconsin's national ranking has dropped from 3rd to 25th. 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.

Breaking News

NEW: Commentary on the disconnect between reality and the Wisconsin school report cards: Humphries: Is the Wobegon or Wisconsin? and Hallelujah - MPS Is Succeeding Despite the Data and All the Failing Schools?

Big thumbs up for NPR's series on dyslexia! Parents, kids, educators and policymakers: TUNE IN!

National Council on Teacher Quality will release its new review of undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs on December 6th.

WRC supports John Humphries for State Superintendent of Public Instruction: primary in February, general election in April

NEW: Important new book from Mark Seidenberg: Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, And What We Can Do About It

Less than half of Wisconsin students are proficient on state exam

OSERS guidance on the applicability of IDEA to students with disabilities in public virtual schools

Take a neuromyths quiz from American University



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.