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Consultant: Children need to refocus on learning to improve reading

ALABAMA (WHNT) — Studies have shown that some Alabama elementary schools are losing ground in their ability to read literature and academic texts.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) tested primary school students. The final scores have state educators looking for answers.

Lisa Navarra, award-winning educator, author, and focus-focused classroom instructor, says teaching Alabama kids to believe in themselves first is critical and students need to refocus on how to learn, which could lead to better reading scores. This is particularly important in poorer regions where children need a solid base to learn.

According to recent studies, the third grade reading level in the state of Alabama is in trouble.

“It can be prevented, especially in children diagnosed with ADHD,” Navarra told News 19.

Navarra believes there is a path for every student. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds have more difficulty acquiring the essential skill of reading. According to the Alabama Department of Education, one-fifth of students in the state fail in reading. The study revealed that living in poverty played a huge role.

“If you have a child in school in Alabama who is in third grade but mostly he had the last two years of fragmented learning or maybe he came from a low-income family who worked more on survival skills,” notes Navarra. “They’re entering kindergarten, and their readiness skills weren’t compared to those who weren’t economically challenged weren’t the same.”

Navarra says the key to the path to better student reading is for teachers to spend more time improving the basics that start in the classroom. It sets the tone for better academic, behavioral and social or emotional learning, she said.

“Understanding perception really determines how children think, whether it’s a positive or negative thought that then determines their actions,” Navarra said. “We test children on state tests that they are not ready for. This is a big indicator for the child himself that he is a failure.

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