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Third Grade Reading Policies PDF - This paper outlines state policies relating to 3rd-grade reading proficiency, including identification of, intervention for, and retention of struggling readers in the P-3 grades. The paper provides a state-by-state policy summary, sample statutory language, and highlights from bills enacted this year. (Stephanie Rose, ECS, August 2012) ...

2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

State Literacy Programs Database - Fifty-state comparison information on state-supported literacy efforts....

Summary of State Policies To Improve Student Reading MS Word - A detailed state-by-state summary of activities undertaken by policymakers to address student reading. The summaries include legislation, state board of education actions and other state initiatives (Education Commission of the States, June 2001)....

Common State Strategies To Improve Student Reading - ECS identifies the seven most common state strategies to improve student reading, along with more specific policy examples. The common strategies include (1) preventing and intervening with reading difficulties; (2) imposing consequences for students who do not meet reading standards; (3) promoting or mandating particular reading approaches or programs; (4) providing additional or better data; (5) providing teachers with skills and knowledge; (6) setting standards, developing reading plans; and (7) assessing readiness for school. (Education Commission of the States, June 2001)...

State Policies Concerning the Phonics/Whole-Language Dilemma MS Word - Out of concern for students' perceived poor reading skills, lawmakers are examining the value of various methodologies of teaching reading, among them the phonetics-based and the "whole-language" approaches. Detailed here are some different state approaches. (Education Commission of the States, August 1997)...

The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2009--National Assessment of Education Progress at Grades 4 and 8 - Since 2007, the nation's 8th-graders have made some improvements in reading comprehension while the overall results for 4th-graders were unchanged, according to results from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 2010)...

A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States - SREB sought advice of national literacy experts, surveyed its member states, and formed a committee of state leaders to study this issue and identify solutions. Among their interesting findings: many states lack the specific policies they need; none of the SREB states have tied specific reading skills to academic standards for each subject in high school. Recommendations are included in the report. (Southern Regional Education Board, 2009)...

From State Policy to Classroom Practice: Improving Literacy Instruction for All Students - A central theme of this issue brief from the National Association of State Boards of Education is that for state literacy policies and programs to be effective, they must lead to actual instructional changes in the classroom. The report includes five recommendations on how states can improve adolescent literacy, and action steps to accomplish those goals. (Mariana Haynes, National Association of State Boards of Education, April 2007)...

State Efforts to Promote Reading and Literary Activities in Communities - Rates of reading in the United States have been declining for at least two decades, with the steepest decline occurring among young adults. Fewer than half of adults read literature poetry, plays, short stories or novels in their leisure time. At the current rate of decline, literary reading will virtually disappear in the next half-century. Few would dispute the importance of reading for children yet the importance of literary reading in adulthood is not emphasized enough. This brief examines ways for states to promote reading and literary activities for families and adults, including reading of fiction or nonfiction for pleasure. (National Governors Association, February 2006)...

Reading First: Lessons from Successful State Reading Initiatives - States were working to improve reading performance well before the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, and these efforts produced a number of lessons about successful program design and implementation. This report shares some of these lessons about what works and what does not as states proceed to improve elementary reading instruction. (David Denton, Southern Regional Education Board, March 2003)...

Lagging Literacy MS Word - This Stateline article describes the new intiatives states have undertaken, and the progress they've made, to improve reading achievement for all students. Many states have passed legislation that mandate improved reading scores in all schools, as well as requiring teacher education programs to provide coursework in teaching reading. (Kathy Christie, Stateline, June 28, 2001)...

Exploring High and Improving Reading Achievement in Connecticut - The study sponsored by the National Education Goals Panel explores why Connecticut had the highest reading achievement scores on the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam and is the most improved state in reading scores since 1992. In addition, the case study examines why white, black and Hispanic students in Connecticut all performed better than their counterparts in other states. The author identifies several district and school-level practices, as well as state policies associated with the reading accomplishments. (Joan Boykoff Baron, National Education Goals Panel, October 1999)...

Focus on Teacher Education in Reading - A summary of actions by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states to improve teacher preparation in reading. Some states, for example, are increasing the number and rigor of reading methods courses required by teacher candidates. States highlighted in this publication include Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. (SREB, September 1999)....

Unlocking the Future: Early Literacy - Profiles of reading initiatives and policies are provided for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas in the article "Reading Across the Region." The in-depth newsletter also includes articles on the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's (SEDL) Reading Coherence Initiative, a reading program for bilingual students, SEDL's regional reading network and resources for improving children's ability to read (SEDLetter, vol XI, no. 1, March 1999)....

States Committed to Standards Reform Reap NAEP Gains - An overview of the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading results, including trends since the first test was administered in 1992. In addition, the article discusses various reading instructional methods employed by states, in particular, California's recent emphasis on phonics (Education Week, March 1999)....


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