Why the ability to read complex texts matters

The reading of "complex texts" is given tremendous attention in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Why? At Scholastic's recent Teacher Appreciation Week, we posed the question to David and Meredith Liben of Student Achievement Partners. The Libens cited a 2006 study, which found that the single biggest predictor of success in college was the ability to read complex texts independently and proficiently.

How do you foster reading proficiency? Guide students through the close reading of texts that will challenge them, say the Libens, read aloud and provide lots of texts on a range of topics at a range of levels.

The Libens, who bring passion and a wealth of experience to their work, have plenty to teach us about what it takes to accelerate achievement. We hope you enjoy their presentation as much as we did.