Why is Common Core’s Phonics Missing in Reading and Dyslexia Discussions?

Jul 5, 2019 by

By Nancy Bailey –

Those who claim teachers and their education schools have focused on the wrong way to teach reading never mention Common Core State Standards. But, since 2010, Common Core has figured prominently in the reading curriculum teachers have been forced to teach.

If students are showing increased reading problems, shouldn’t the English Language Arts standards be examined, including the Reading: Foundational Skills which focuses on phonics?

If Common Core was improving learning, wouldn’t those phonics standards be working for all children? Perhaps Common Core is the problem.

In 2015, in The Washington Post: “Requiring kindergartners to read as Common Core does – may harm some,” Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin and Joan Wolfsheimer Almon, well-respected experts in the area of early childhood learning, described how Common Core’s standards involved unreasonable expectations for kindergartners.

They stated, many children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, yet the Common Core State Standards require them to do just that.

It’s important to note that phonics hasn’t been missing from the curriculum like we have been told.

One mom complains about the phonics in 2015 in another Washington Post article “Mom: Common Core wants kids to develop reading skills at the same pace. My daughters didn’t.”

My concern with the standards for the youngest grades is not with the Reading: Literacy Standards, which are about comprehension and understanding stories, but rather with the Reading: Foundational Standards (Kindergarten), which are about phonics and decoding words. The Reading: Foundational Standards require ALL kindergartners, for instance, to be reading CVC words (i.e., three-letter short vowel words) by the end of kindergarten, unless those words end with r, x, or l. Requiring such phonics-based reading skills at that level by the end of kindergarten is developmentally inappropriate for many 5-year-olds. I can tell you that from my own experience.

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