2 thoughts on “‘Just-right’ books: Does leveled reading hurt the weakest readers?

  1. The current curriculum was adopted because it claimed that children could learn to read on their own, and that very little resources and teacher training would be required. What has come to light is that this program requires children to come from a literacy rich environment, which typically translates to a wealthy household, and can not have any learning differences. I would love to see an article the explores if the current PUSD literacy curriculum is actually serving the needs of our community.

  2. I am surprised this article did not mention that the “Just Right” books reading curriculum championed by the TCRWP and taught at PUSD are actually not the most effective way to teach literacy. More and more research shows that this program is only effective for about 60% of the student population, and that a phonics based approach is more effective. Even the creator of this program, Lucy Caulkins, has retreated from her approach and has rewritten her program to incorporate more phonics learning. Many educators are now attributing this program to why California has one of the worst literacy rates in the country, and why states like Texas have higher literacy rates. Berkley is abandoning this program (by court order), Oakland is abandoning this program, why isn’t PUSD?

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