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The Adolescent Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

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Task 2: Research State Department of Education Initiatives

Guideline: Interaction with state policy makers is important to improving adolescent literacy. When working with state policy makers, local educators need information about and an awareness of state-level initiatives aimed at adolescent literacy.



Education Commission of the States High School Database

This link to the Education Commission of States high school database addresses adolescent literacy. It provides information on what the states are doing in the area of adolescent literacy.


Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents

This Center on Instruction guidance document is aimed at state-level policy makers as they work to improve adolescent literacy.


Five States' Efforts to Improve Adolescent Literacy

This report by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands describes the efforts of Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to improve adolescent literacy. As noted in the report's summary, "it examines how each state has engaged key stakeholders, set rigorous goals and standards, aligned resources to support adolescent literacy goals, built educator capacity, and used data to measure progress."


From State Policy to Classroom Practice: Improving Literacy Instruction for All Students

This National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) document addresses moving state-level literacy instruction policy to classroom practice.


Improving Adolescent Literacy: A Trends in America Special Report

This March 2010 report from the Council of State Governments reviews the trends in adolescent literacy and state efforts to improve it.


Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States

This Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) report identifies recommendations for SREB's member states to pursue related to adolescent literacy. Though the report's focus is on the southern states, its recommendations may be applicable to other states as well.


Reading at Risk

This link is to the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE's) 2006 study group report on middle and high school literacy. The report lists concerns and outlines what states can do to address adolescent literacy. This report is particularly useful to state education agency leaders and staff members.


Reading to Achieve: A Governor's Guide to Adolescent Literacy

This National Governors Association guide for state governors outlines five strategies to pursue to improve adolescent literacy achievement.


State Action to Improve Adolescent Literacy

As noted in the introduction, "this National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) policy report outlines the work of five states (Connecticut, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Utah, and West Virginia) where leaders have produced real changes in state focus and policies as part of a comprehensive literacy plan."


State Literacy Plans

This document provides links to four state literacy plans that address adolescent literacy development. The documents are provided for example purposes.