Policy/Legislation/Initiatives

It's important to be aware of and understand the policies and general trends that affect schools and students. This section contains literacy-related research from the federal government, as well as research and position papers published by education associations and think tanks.

The Federal Role in Confronting the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy

November 02, 2010 9:56:07 AM

Alliance for Excellent Education. (2010). The federal role in confronting the crisis in adolescent literacy. Washington, D.C.: Author.

Promoting Quality: State Strategies for Overseeing Dual Enrollment Programs

November 01, 2010 3:02:10 PM

Lowe, A.I. (2010). Promoting quality: State strategies for Overseeing dual enrollment programs. Chapel Hill, NC: National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Now What? Imperatives & Options for "Common Core" Implementation & Governanace

November 01, 2010 2:56:37 PM

Finn, C.E. & Petrilli, M.J. Now what? imperatives & options for Common Core" implementation & governance. (2010). Washington: D.C.: Fordham Foundation.

High Schools as Launch Pads: How College-Going Culture Improves Graduation Rates in Low-Income Schools

December 18, 2009 3:01:59 PM

College Summit. (2008).High Schools as Launch Pads: How College-Going Culture Improves Graduation Rates in Low-Income Schools. Washington, DC: Author.

College-Ready Students, Student-Ready Colleges: An Agenda to Improve Degree Completion

December 18, 2009 11:37:36 AM

Soares, L. & Mazzeo, C. (2008). College-ready students, student-ready colleges: an agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education.

Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago

December 18, 2009 11:09:26 AM

Nagoka, J., Roderick, M. & Coca, V. (2009). Barriers to college attainment: lessons from Chicago. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress

Improving Academic Preparation for College: What We Know and How State and Federal Policy Can Help

December 16, 2009 4:47:25 PM

Chait, Robin and Andrea Venezia. (2009). Improving Academic Preparation for College: What We Know and How State and Federal Policy Can Help. Washington, D.C.: Center for American Progress.

An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement

December 07, 2009 2:21:38 PM

Zaff, J., Youniss, J., & Gibson, C. (2009). An inequitable invitation to citizenship: non-college-bound youth and civic engagement. Washington, DC: Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE).

Prioritizing the Nation's Dropout Factories

October 28, 2009 11:12:49 AM

Informing Adolescent Literacy Policy and Practice

October 28, 2009 11:06:09 AM

A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States

August 10, 2009 1:02:52 PM

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). (2009). A critical mission: making adolescent reading an immediate priority in SREB states. Atlanta, GA: Author.

State Actions to Improve Adolescent Literacy: Results from NASBE's State Adolescent Literacy Network

June 04, 2009 4:06:19 PM

National Association of State Boards of Education.(2009). State Actions to Improve Adolescent Literacy: Results from NASBE's State Adolescent Literacy Network.Arlington, VA: Author.

Five States' Efforts to Improve Adolescent Literacy

April 24, 2009 3:19:06 PM

Bates, L., Breslow, N., and Hupert, N. (2009). Five states’ efforts to improve adolescent literacy (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2009–No. 067). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands. Retrieved from http://ies. ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.

Developing Early Warning Systems to Identify Potential High School Dropouts

January 09, 2009 4:29:12 PM

Hepper, J. and Therriault, S.B. (2008). Developing Early Warning Systems to Identify Potential High School Dropouts. Washington, D.C.: National High School Center.

Relationships, Rigor and Readiness: Strategies for Improving High Schools

January 08, 2009 11:54:05 AM

Quint, J., Thompson, S.L. and Bald, M. (2008). Relationships, Rigor and Readiness: Strategies for Improving High Schools. New York, NY: MDRC.

Making College and Career Readiness the Mission for High Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers

December 15, 2008 3:53:35 PM

Achieve & The Education Trust. (2008). Making College and Career Readiness the Mission for High Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers. Washington, DC: Author.

Raising Graduation Rates in an Era of High Standards

August 11, 2008 2:52:03 PM

Steinberg, Adria, and Almeida, Cheryl A., (2008). Raising Graduation Rates in an Era of High Standards. Boston, MA: Jobs for the Future.

Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report

August 11, 2008 2:27:23 PM

Gamse, B.C., Bloom, H.S., Kemple, J.J., Jacob, R.T., (2008). Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report (NCEE 2008-4016). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

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

July 30, 2008 2:29:55 PM

Haynes, M. From State Policy to Classroom Practice: Improving Literacy Instruction for All Students. Washington, D.C.: National Association of State Boards of Education

Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap

April 24, 2008 12:09:08 PM

Swanson, Christopher B. Copyright © 2009 by Editorial Projects in Education Inc. All rights reserved.

Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement

April 23, 2008 3:32:05 PM

Heller, R. and Greenleaf, C.L. (2007, June). Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Still At Risk: What Students Don't Know, Even Now

April 15, 2008 9:12:47 AM

(2008) ©Common Core. All rights reserved.

Reading at Risk: The State Response to the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy

December 07, 2007 10:02:58 AM

NASBE Study Group on Middle and High School Literacy. (2005). Reading at Risk: The State Response to the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Boards of Education.

To Read or Not To Read

November 21, 2007 9:47:28 AM

National Endowment for the Arts. (2007). To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence. Washington, DC: Author.

The Proficiency Illusion

November 06, 2007 10:48:20 AM

Cronin,J., Dahlin, M., Adkins, D., Kingsbury, G.G. (2007). The Proficiency Illusion. Washington, DC: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

Rigor at Risk: Reaffirming Quality in the High School Core Curriculum

November 06, 2007 10:37:40 AM

ACT. (2007). Rigor at Risk: Reaffirming Quality in the High School Core Curriculum. Retrieved Nov. 5. 2007, from http://www.act.org/path/policy/pdf/rigor_report.pdf.

The Challenge of Scaling Up Educational Reform: Findings and Lessons from First Things First

October 29, 2007 8:53:30 AM

Quint, J., Bloom, H.S., Black, A.R., Stephens, L. and Akey, T.M. (2006). The Challenge of Scaling Up Educational Reform: Findings and Lessons from First Things First. New York: MDRC.

Improving Literacy Outcomes for ELLs in High School: Considerations for States and Districts in Developing a Coherent Policy Framework

October 26, 2007 3:42:42 PM

Torgesen, J. K., Houston, D. D., Rissman, L. M., Decker, S. M., Roberts, G., Vaughn, S., Wexler, J. Francis, D. J, Rivera, M. O., Lesaux, N. (2007). Academic literacy instruction for adolescents: A guidance document from the Center on Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction.

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

October 26, 2007 2:27:10 PM

National Governor's Association. (2005). Reading to Achieve: A governor's guide to adolescent literacy. Washington, DC: National Governor's Association, Center for Best Practices.

Meeting Five Critical Challenges of High School Reform: Lessons from Research on Three Reform Models

October 26, 2007 2:01:38 PM

Quint, J. (2006). Meeting Five Critical Challenges of High School Reform: Lessons from Research on Three Reform Models. New York: MDRC.

Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma that Counts

October 24, 2007 7:14:45 PM

Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2004, Achieve, Inc. Retrieved Oct. 17, 2007 from http://www.achieve.org/node/552.

Reading Next

October 23, 2007 4:47:45 PM

Biancarosa, C., & Snow, C. E. (2006). Reading next — A vision for action and research in middle and high school literacy: A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York (2nd ed). Washington, D.C.: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension

October 22, 2007 4:14:52 PM

Snow, C.E. (2002). Reading for understanding: toward a research and development program in reading comprehension. Santa Monica: RAND.

America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future

January 24, 2007 11:42:51 AM

Kirsch, I., Braun, H., Yamamoto, K., and Sum, A. Copyright ©2007 by Educational Testing Service.

Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

November 06, 2006 12:00:48 PM

Short, D., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the Work: Challenges and solutions to acquiring language and academic literacy for adolescent English language learners– A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.


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