ERIC Number: ED431169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Education in Idaho. Idaho's Literacy Act: Every Child's Birthright. Report to the Legislature.
Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
This report contains 11 recommendations and a call to action designed to ensure that every child in Idaho is able to read at the appropriate level by the end of third grade. It was requested by the 1997 Idaho Legislature, which acknowledged that reading is fundamental to a student's ability to achieve his or her full potential. The research outlined in the report shows that: third graders who are reading a year or more below grade level and are poor and attending a school serving many other poor children have nearly no chance of graduating from high school; effective classroom instruction in the early grades by well-prepared teachers is the most powerful method for preventing reading and learning problems; a balanced and comprehensive approach to reading must offer an organized, explicit skills program that includes phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding skills, and a strong language, literature, and comprehension program; and a study completed in 1997 revealed that as many as 40% of Idaho fourth graders are reading below grade level. After an executive summary, sections of the report are: (1) Introduction and Background; (2) Conclusions; (3) What the Research Shows; (4) Recommendations; (5) Call to Action; and (6) Testing Results. Appendices contain the State Department of Education's report on the Reading Improvement Grant Programs, the Comprehensive Literacy Plan Grades K-3 for the State of Idaho, and presentation summaries. Contains a 33-item selected bibliography and numerous unnumbered tables, figures, and charts of data. (RS)
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research
Bureau of Instruction, Idaho Department of Education, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0027; Tel: 208-332-6945; Fax: 208-334-4664.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho