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APM Reports - 'What the words say: Why so many kids don't understand what they read'

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Everyone agrees the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? APM Reports continues its series of groundbreaking, award-winning documentaries about reading with a new program about comprehension. Senior correspondent Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child's reading development. We meet parents who are desperately searching for schools where their children will be taught how to read, and teachers who are learning things they were never taught about how reading comprehension develops. This is a follow up to Hanford's documentary last year – "Hard Words: Why aren't kids being taught to read?

This program is part of a series on education from APM Reports that will air for three weeks in September on Public Radio Presents. Listen this Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m.