Improving Literacy Achievement of Low-Income Students
Rothmier, Lea A.
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A literacy achievement gap exists between children who live in poverty and children who do not. It is the responsibility of the members of the school community to improve the literacy achievement of low-income students. This review of literature describes the literacy achievement gap; the effects teachers can have on literacy learning and achievement; the need to hold teachers accountable for teaching outcomes, using effective educational practices, engaging in professional development that enhances their educational practices; and the importance of having the school and community members put into place supports for teachers that promote student literacy achievement. The literature review then presents proven literacy programs that improve literacy achievement of low-income students. Using proven programs, teacher training, and educational supports, the school community members can close the literacy achievement gap. By closing the literacy achievement gap, school community members increase students’ literacy, which provides those students a foundation for success in school and life.