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Document Number: 3758

State Education Leader (Spring-Summer 2002), “Leading for Literacy”: From Research to Policy MS Word - While our society now devotes substantial resources to provide an education for all children, the most recent national student assessment found that only 8% of 4th-grade students are reading at the highest level of performance, and only 32% are at or above the "proficient" level in reading. Since research now provides answers to the crucial questions surrounding reading instruction, what states need now, more than ever, is to develop the capacity to translate this research into sound public policy. Policymakers will need three main tools: (1) access to information and data on literacy programs from across the country; (2) a model policy framework to help policymakers select the best policy options possible for their particular state environment; and (3) a means of mobilizing key education leaders and policymakers to develop the most workable and realistic policies for each state. (State Education Leader, vol. 20, no. 2, Spring-Summer 2002, 16 pages) ...
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