Reading http://wfae.org en Camps No Longer Mandatory For Struggling 3rd-Graders http://wfae.org/post/camps-no-longer-mandatory-struggling-3rd-graders <p>North Carolina’s third grade reading law gave parents, teachers and students a lot of anxiety this year about the requirements to move on to fourth grade. Summer reading camps for struggling readers were a requirement. But those reading camps are no longer mandatory.&nbsp;</p><p>Thousands of third graders across the state are spending summer days in school getting extra help on reading. A new state law required them to do that because they weren’t reading at grade-level.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:38:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 55222 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-mayor-clodfelter-cannon-public-records-dukes-efforts-stunt-tree-growth-reading <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the </span>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.</span></p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13:21 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 48828 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading WFAE Talks, Episode 1: 3rd-Grade Reading, Fracking Rules And A Highlighter Explosion http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-episode-1-3rd-grade-reading-fracking-rules-and-highlighter-explosion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the first edition of our new weekly podcast. We're calling it </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">WFAE Talks</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on </span>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. You'll also get some insight into our general newsroom banter.</span></p><p>This week Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss concerns about the mandates of North Carolina's 3rd grade reading requirement, the chemicals that gas drilling companies don't have to reveal to state regulators, and a possible highlighter explosion in Charlotte (you'll have to listen to see what we're talking about).</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:48:03 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 43145 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks, Episode 1: 3rd-Grade Reading, Fracking Rules And A Highlighter Explosion School Districts To Release Last Year’s Standardized Test Scores http://wfae.org/post/school-districts-release-last-year-s-standardized-test-scores <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Districts have long been warning parents that students scored much lower on last year’s end-of-course and end-of-grade test scores.&nbsp; That’s because tests have changed and standards are higher.&nbsp; Today, we’ll finally learn how school districts performed on those tests.&nbsp; </span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lisa Miller joins us in the studio.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 05:16:54 +0000 Lisa Miller 38731 at http://wfae.org School Districts To Release Last Year’s Standardized Test Scores More Scrutiny On This Year's Third Graders In NC http://wfae.org/post/more-scrutiny-years-third-graders-nc <p></p><p>North Carolina third-graders have a big year ahead of them. This is the first year by law third-graders will be held back, if they aren&rsquo;t reading at grade level.&nbsp; But it&rsquo;s not so cut and dry.&nbsp;</p><p>WFAE&rsquo;s education reporter Lisa Miller joins me now to explain how this will actually work:</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:14:07 +0000 Lisa Miller 36209 at http://wfae.org More Scrutiny On This Year's Third Graders In NC