On the Tuesday after Labor Day teachers in New York City return to school. For some, a few weeks vacation after teaching summer school, others, taking college courses required for certification or working in a camp, or getting reacquainted with their own family. If you’re an elementary school teacher you may have spent a few weeks learning how to teach a required new phonics-based reading program.
Was there ever a research study to validate the efficacy of the reading /writing literacy program that was adopted by so many school districts? How about a head to head study comparing a phonics approach with the literacy program?
If not, why not?