, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 167–174 | Cite as

The next step for literacy

  • John P. ComingsEmail author
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The world community committed to support universal access to basic education in 1990. Since then, schools have been built and teachers hired and trained. Twenty years later, many more students were in primary school, but learning assessments showed that most were not learning how to read well enough to use reading to learn. The world community turned its attention to improving instruction. As instruction improved, more students could decode words and read with improved speed and accuracy. However, reading comprehension was still low. Now is the time for the world community to come together and make a commitment that all students will learn to read with sufficient comprehension to use reading to learn.


Literacy Reading comprehension Learning to read 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Education, College of EducationUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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