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

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How Wisconsin Measures Up Nationally

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

• Wisconsin's national ranking has dropped from 3rd to 27th. 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: Our latest news is available here.

The 2019 NAEP scores are in. Read commentary here

Missouri will conduct K-3 dyslexia screening with Shaywitz Dyslexia Screener.

At a Loss for Words, Emily Hanford's new podcast, explains the pitfalls of balanced literacy

Kate Walsh: "Case Closed" explains why we shouldn't eliminate teacher quality exams to solve teacher shortages

Grafton school district to pay $78,000 for private school for dyslexic student denied FAPE

It's time to contact the Wisconsin Senate in support of a dyslexia guidebook and in opposition to further exemptions from the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. Read more.
Petition to Support the RISE Act in Congress
Aimed at ending costly documentation for dyslexia and other disabilities as students enter college

Steve Dykstra, Ph.D., founding member of Wisconsin Reading Coalition, responds to baseless claims about dyslexia

Dyslexia screening in prisons is included in updated criminal justice reform legislation in U.S. Senate

2017-18 Wisconsin Forward exam results show slight decline in 3rd grade reading
To explore scores, go to Wisedash, click on WSAS, then Forward (single year), then sort by district, student group, year, test subject, and grade

NAEP 2017 scores are in: Wisconsin 4th graders now rank 34th in the country: the lowest ever. There has been a statistically significant decline of 4 points since 2015. 65% of students are not reading proficiently, and each student sub-group reads below the national average for that sub-group. Track data in the NAEP Data Explorer at https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/ndecore/landing

Despite written and oral testimony from individuals around the state, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules made no changes to the PI-34 teacher licensure rule submitted by DPI. As a result, individuals who have not passed the Foundations of Reading Test may nevertheless become teachers of record in grades K-5 and special education, as well as serving as reading teachers and reading specialists. Text of PI-34

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.