School of Education
Education: Special Education
socioeconomic status, literacy gap, achievement, literacy interventions
Language and Literacy Education
Alden, Anna. (2021). A deeper look at the literacy achievement gap and the history of interventions. Scholars Crossing.
The literacy achievement gap is a prevalent topic of discussion in the field of education, specifically as it relates to socioeconomic status. This paper reviews programs from the federal, state, and local level that have been implemented to close the gap and analyzes what has been successful in doing so. The findings indicate that an authentic program that includes extensive hands-on activities that promote different type of literacy growth and development that starts early, preferably before kindergarten, and works closely with families to intervene in the lives of at-risk children is most recommended by research. This is consistent with social cognitive theory which places significance on outside forces on learning.