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Taking recommendations from his Read to Lead task force, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker outlined Wednesday a new agenda to improve reading scores among the state's students.
The task force, formed by Walker last spring, was comprised of legislators, teachers, researchers and education advocates, according to a press release from the governor's office. After being asked to develop a plan for improving the state's reading achievement, they issued a series of recommendations this week. In the release, Walker said some of the proposals could be pursued through existing education efforts, while others would require legislation.
The task force's recommendations include:
Also outlined in the task force's report were guidelines for maintaining accountability:
The task force cited Wisconsin's stagnant showing in the fourth-grade reading section of the 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress as evidence of the need for action. In 1994, the state was tied for second in the nation; it has since dropped to the middle of the pack. The percent of students at or above the basic reading level has dropped slightly from 71 percent to 68 percent in that time.
"For Wisconsin students to know how to read by fourth grade is critical to their education and their success in the future." Walker said in a statement. "We need to make sure we are not failing them."
A copy of the Read to Lead task force's report is below.