ERIC Number: ED429309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-1
Policy-Oriented Research on Literacy Standards and Assessment.
Valencia, Sheila W.; Wixson, Karen K.
Mandates about the kind and amount of literacy instruction in classrooms and levels of reading required for successful promotion from grade to grade are currently dominating state and federal legislation. This paper gathers scholarship from three disparate sources to produce the first integrated review of policy-related research on literacy education: (1) policy analyses that examine policies about literacy in the framework of systemic reform; (2) measurement and evaluation studies, conducted by psychometricians, that examine the assessments mandated by policies; and (3) studies by literacy researchers that attend to policies and literacy-specific content. Each of these literatures has a unique set of questions, frameworks, methodologies, and audiences. Together, they provide a comprehensive perspective on policies and literacy education. The paper concludes that the best way to influence policy, instruction, and children's learning is for policy, measurement, and literacy researchers to collaborate in conducting and reporting research. Each group needs to learn more about the others' work in order to affect real change in literacy practice. Contains 121 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Literature Reviews, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Research Needs, Writing Instruction, Writing Research
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.