Dorothy Strickland, a Validation Team Member, for the Common Core State Standards, testifies to the value of promoting literacy outcomes with young children. Strickland, Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University, argues that
- Early literacy is linked to later academic success (minute 0:56)
- Oral language and literacy develop concurrently (1:31)
- Skill and drill does not promote early literacy (2:07)
- We need well-conceived standards for early literacy education (3:06)
You can view Strickland’s testimony here.