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“A National Challenge: What Can Be Done to Improve Reading Achievement?”

panelists at NAEP

On April 10, 2018, Public Prep CEO Ian Rowe was asked to be part of a discussion panel of national reading experts with the theme: “A National Challenge: What Can Be Done to Improve Reading Achievement?” The panel was held in conjunction with the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for reading and mathematics for 4th & 8th grades.

Dubbed the Nation’s Report Card, the U.S. Department of Education releases NAEP results bi-annually to help inform decisions about how to improve the education system in our country.

Below is a video of the panel which featured:

Carol Jago, member, National Assessment Governing Board; associate director, California Reading and Literature Project at the University of California, Los Angeles (video introduction)

  • Marilyn Jager Adams, visiting scholar, Brown University
  • Susan Pimentel, education analyst and standards and curriculum specialist; founding partner, Student Achievement Partners and StandardsWork Inc. (moderator)
  • Ian Rowe, Chief Executive Officer, Public Prep Network
  • Timothy Shanahan, distinguished professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology, University of Virginia


Two important articles that summarized the major findings from the panel include: