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: Contradicting science and the Joint Statement on Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and ChromaGen LLC are promoting colored lenses as a treatment for dyslexic symptoms.

NEW: Five Americorps VISTA positions are available through Milwaukee Succeeds for 7/1/16-6/30/17.

NEW: Hear how Connecticut is successfully addressing the achievement gap in reading at a recorded  Commission on Children event at http://www.ct-n.com.

The International Dyslexia Association has issued a statement of concerns over the International Literacy Association's recent Research Advisory on Dyslexia. IDA states:
"Dyslexia is, above all, a condition that impedes reading acquisition.  ILA’s Dyslexia Research Advisory will find little support among professionals in our field.  To say that there is not broad agreement on how to teach reading to children with dyslexia is a disservice to the children and families whose lives are affected by this condition. It is our hope that we can work with ILA and other organizations to clarify these keys points to move forward together in our efforts to provide effective instruction to all students."

NEW: Center for Effective Reading Instruction Announces Structured Literacy Instruction Certification based on the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

NEW: Mayerson Academy offers online Orton-Gillingham training with practicum

Mayerson Academy offers updated free O-G Card Deck App

NEW: Institute of Education Sciences study shows RTI intervention has negative effect on first graders just below the RTI eligibility cut point; no significant impact for second and third graders

NEW: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching PLC provides a new venue for educators

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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.