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: David Ayer: Taking our Teachers out to the Wood Shed

NEW: Literacy How videos demonstrate embedded mentoring in Connecticut classrooms

NEW: Governor Walker proposes lifetime teacher licensing

NEW: NYT review of Mark Seidenberg's new book: "Language at the Speed of Sight" Fights to Reopen Our Closed Book on Literacy

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

Early education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections; Bruce McCandliss' AERA address on YouTube

Stop the Dyslexia Debate: article by Kyle Redford

Wisconsin lags behind the nation in preparing future teachers to teach reading: 61% of WI undergraduate teacher prep programs were rated D or F by NCTQ
Time for a change in leadership at DPI!

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

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.