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The MSQI Framework

MSQI Framework for Helping Struggling Readers
in the Middle Grades

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Executive Summary

As identified in the Carnegie
Reading Next report, about 70 percent of American students in grades four through twelve require some form of remediation in reading. In other words seven out of ten students in our middle schools are experiencing reading challenges, and, if gone unaddressed, will likely result in plummeting English class grades, poor performances on the New York State ELA exam, and gradual disengagement from school. That this crisis must be addressed is made evident by the fact that almost seven thousand students drop out of high school every school (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2006), and one of the most commonly cited reasons for dropping out is that students don’t have the literacy skills to keep up with the increasingly complex demands of the high school reading and writing expectations.

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in New York City Public Schools, and the corresponding increase in focus of text complexity, middle grades teachers must balance reading instruction that differentiates the text/content. Thus, we must teach text analysis and understanding to all students, but modify instruction to ensure that struggling readers and ELLs students receive adequate focused opportunities to build their foundational reading skills, develop the academic vocabulary and the decoding skills to foster the necessary comprehension, and practice the reading comprehension strategies necessary for understanding increasingly difficult texts.

With so many struggling readers in our middle schools, we must rethink our literacy program to ensure that reading is directly taught to all students, and remediation, interventions, and supports must be integrated as a part of the school day. 

The stakes are high. As middle grades educators in New York City, we must work together to reverse these trends and adequately prepare all students for post-­ secondary and career success.

To Read the Complete Article

To learn how the New York City Department of Education's Middle School Quality Initiative is recommending that schools organize literacy supports to ensure that every student develops the literacy habits and skills necessary for success please read the entire article.

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Risa Sackman,
Jan 30, 2013, 6:00 AM