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ERIC Number: ED448426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-27
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Final Report of the Maryland State Task Force on Reading.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
This report presents the results of 18 months of work of the Maryland State Task Force on Reading, which investigated cutting edge research, best practices, and assessment data in order to formulate recommendations to guide programs in reading across the state. The report's center piece is a set of Design Principles for Improving Reading in Elementary, Middle, and High schools. These design principles are intended to directly influence reading achievement through thoughtful planning in curriculum, instruction, and assessment as well as associated linkages to teacher preparation, professional development, and community involvement. Following a Preface, an Executive Summary, and the report's Primary and Supporting Recommendations, the Report offers an Overview of the Maryland Task Force Report, while the next section discusses Reading Achievement in Maryland. Chapter 1, "Design Principles for Elementary, Middle, and High School Reading Instruction," identifies and discusses 12 components for a balanced and effective reading program at the elementary level based on best practices, and 9 components for middle and high schools. Each principle is presented, described, and research-based best practices for implementing it are outlined. Chapter 2 outlines Proposals for Comprehensive Professional Development in Reading. Chapter 3, "Action Plan for Communicating about Reading," identifies external and internal audiences who must be made aware of the research-based Design Principles supporting effective reading instruction outlined in this report. A Conclusion ends the report, and approximately 150 references are attached. (SR)
Maryland State Dept. of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201-2595. Tel: 410-767-0426; Fax 410-767-0431; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.