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Understanding Parent Perspectives on Reading Instruction

November 9, 2023

Over the past several years, reading scores have dropped. The 2022 Nation’s Report Card shows only 33% of fourth graders can read at grade level. Education leaders, teachers and policymakers have been debating why scores have declined and what we can do to get kids back on track.

Other than the students themselves, parents are closest to the reading crisis. Unfortunately, they are often left out of these important conversations.

To better understand what parents think about reading instruction and to share their perspectives, the Walton Family Foundation partnered with Impact Research and Public Opinion Strategies. We asked parents of K-5 students to share their children’s experience of learning to read and their thoughts on the current debate about reading instruction.

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