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Teaching students to read is a very important goal in the public schools. This objective has been established because professionals believe that "being able to read" facilitates students' chances for future success and happiness. Yet, when definitions of literacy are reviewed and the reading ability of the adult population in the United States is considered, data indicate taht millions of Americans are illiterate. In order to revers this downward spiral, the skill of reading must be viewed as a continuing process. Such a supposition would be adopting and implementing a K-12 perspective.

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