It can be hard to find out how schools teach reading. Advocates hope this Colorado bill will change that.

Chalkbeat Colorado: Amid growing concern about how schools teach children to read, a group of Colorado parents want to make it easier for the public to know which literacy curriculum their local schools use.

Proposed legislation, awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee, would require districts to post online the reading curriculum used at each school, as well as how many children are struggling to read versus reading at grade level, and how the school is spending additional state money provided to help students who are reading significantly below grade level.

Just 40% of Colorado students read at grade level, a percentage that has barely budged in recent years. Advocates and policymakers increasingly are scrutinizing the way reading is taught. Many Colorado schools use what’s known as a “balanced literacy” approach that critics say is not supported by cognitive science on how children learn basic literacy skills. In particular, they say some of the reading strategies it promotes impede the development of good decoding skills.

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