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NC Education Leaders Push For Better Literacy Instruction

Education leaders and reading experts are asking how to shift reading instruction and proficiency in North Carolina as student results lag despite state investments. Those questions were discussed Thursday at the second meeting of a task force charged with guiding the State Board of Education’s literacy efforts.

Tara Galloway, K-3 literacy director for the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI), said at the meeting that teachers often don’t know that their reading instruction strategies are not as effective as they could be. If they do know, she said, they often lack the control to make changes in curriculum or instruction.

“We know that everybody across the state has local control on what curriculum they choose,” Galloway said to the PreK-12 Literacy Instruction and Teacher Preparation Task Force. “And that’s one of the ideas of this task force, is the urgency to make sure that teachers have in their hands the tools that are actually based on evidence that can change these outcomes for our students.”

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