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Missouri is Trying to Overhaul Reading Instruction. KIPP Got There First

St. Louis’s KIPP Wisdom Academy employs innovative phonics-based methods to teach kindergartners essential reading skills, reflecting a nationwide shift towards evidence-based reading instruction. Missouri’s recent mandate for reading screenings in early grades aligns with this trend, aiming to address learning loss exacerbated by the pandemic. KIPP St. Louis proactively adopted the science of reading, revamping its literacy curriculum and providing intensive teacher training. Early results indicate significant improvements in student reading proficiency, with plans to further streamline instruction and expand professional development. While legislative efforts aim to bolster literacy statewide, challenges persist, including teacher turnover and resource allocation. Nevertheless, educators and policymakers are optimistic that targeted interventions and heightened accountability will lead to improved outcomes for Missouri’s students.

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