Children Literature Milestones

Events

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1922

First textbook devoted to remedial reading. Deficiencies in Reading Ability: Their Diagnosis and Remedies, written by Clarence T. Gray was published.

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1950 - 1959

Launch of the International Reading Association and Publication of The Reading Teacher.

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1960 - 1964

Early 1960's Special educator Samuel Kirk’s suggested the term learning disabilities or learning disabled. State certification for reading teachers began, and the first reading diagnostic tests especially for adults were designed.

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1965

U.S. Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Origin of “TITLE I Reading Programs”.

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1965 - 1969

Late 1960's Publication of the first issue of Reading Research Quarterly, sponsored by the International Reading Association.

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1970 - 1979

1970’s federally funded National Right-to-Read Program, failed to meet its goals in the U.S. Sesame Street and The Electric Company, television shows designed to promote reading growth.

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1975

Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, was passed.

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1987

McGill-Franzen published Failure to Learn to Read: Formulating a Policy Problem, and early effort to get educators to involve themselves in policy regarding reading.

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1990 - 1999

1990’s publication of Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. Still influential today.

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2000 - 2009

2000’s the National Reading Panel (NRP) report, was published. Passage of the U.S. legislation known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.