ERIC Number: ED314872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Student Literacy. A Position Paper.
New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
A report and recommendations endorsed by the New York State School Boards Association concerning the problem of functionally illiterate students leaving school are presented as an official position paper. Recommendations are made in the areas of local action, action to be undertaken by the commissioner of education, state action, federal action, private-sector action, and coordinated action for employment readiness. The costs of illiteracy affect employers and society, as well as the individuals directly concerned. It is difficult to address the illiteracy issue due to a web of problems with the social system and the educational system. Many local, state, and federal efforts have been aimed toward setting standards at various levels and enforcing them through testing and required remediation. Successful student literacy programs do exist, and a review of the information available on them suggests several themes: (1) target the early years; (2) health is a prerequisite; (3) parents and parent-teacher relationships are crucial; (4) context, reality, diversity, and activity all help; (5) full literacy requires a full-scale effort; and (6) integrated services are needed to support educational success for all students. (12 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York