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Document Number: 6492

Reading to Achieve: A Governor's Guide to Adolescent Literacy - Poor readers in elementary and middle school are likely to struggle in high school and are most at risk of dropping out before graduation. This paper argues that the eight million struggling readers in grades 4-12 need extra support, that governors are uniquely positioned to raise awareness of the adolescent literacy problem in their state and provide leadership to improve literacy performance and recommends five strategies to improve adolescent literacy achievement: (1) build support for a state focus on adolescent literacy; (2) raise literacy expectations across grades and curricula; (3) encourage and support school and district literacy plans; (4) build educatorsí capacity to provide adolescent literacy instruction; and (5) measure progress in adolescent literacy at the school, district and state levels. (Ilene Berman and Gina Biancarosa, National Governors Association, October 2005)...


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