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: Pending a new rule PI 34, Wis. DPI issues a new emergency rule on teacher licensing, continuing many ways to get into the classroom without passing the Foundations of Reading Test. Comment on the emergency rule at a Feb. 15 hearing in Madison, or submit comments online by Feb. 23. Read WRC commentary on the proposed PI 34.

NEW: To support the creation of a Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council study committee on struggling readers and dyslexia, contact the council chairs to voice your support. The chairs are Sen. Roger Roth (608-266-0718) and Rep. Robert Brooks (608-267-2369). Let you own legislators know you support this study committee.

To explore scores, go to Wisedash, click on WSAS, then Forward (single year), then sort by district, student group, year, test subject, and grade

Matching professional development to the content knowledge required for the classroom curriculum: new guide from the Aspen Institute

Free phone app and webinar for Beginning with Babble from LEAP

The US Supreme Court in a unanimous decision declared that a free and appropriate public education is judged by a higher standard than the "merely more than de minimis" standard applied by the 10th Circuit.

Literacy How videos demonstrate embedded mentoring in Connecticut classrooms

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

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.