Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has launched the ReadOhio initiative, a statewide effort to encourage improved literacy skills for all ages, including the implementation of curriculum aligned with the science of reading in k-12 schools.

The governor’s office explained that the “science of reading” refers to longstanding research that shows there is an actual science behind learning to read and that certain skills need to be taught, including phonics.

“With 40 percent of Ohio third graders not proficient in reading, we need to seriously look at how we are teaching reading in the state because reading is fundamental to future success,” said Governor DeWine. “Our ReadOhio initiative will encompass all of our efforts to improve literacy skills of Ohioans of every age, from early childhood throughout adulthood because it’s never too early or too late to learn to read or enhance your skills.”

As part of the ReadOhio initiative, the state is turning to digital resources to support educators, students, and families.

“Ohio is committed to raising literacy achievement for all learners,” said Chris Woolard, interim superintendent of public instruction. “Whether a district or school is just getting started or already implementing the science of reading, we have developed multiple resources that school leaders, teachers, and families can use as they start the new school year.”

For educators, the governor’s office has launched a new website full of resources for classroom teachers and administrators. The website includes webinars, training videos, digital diagnostic tools, and other resources to help schools align their curriculum to the science of reading.

Additionally, the initiative also includes sharing “Read it Again!” a free digital resource for early childhood educators developed by the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University to help build language skills in infants, toddlers, and pre-K students.

This fall, the state will also roll out an online resource giving parents and caregivers tips to help our youngest children grow their literacy skills.

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