ERIC Number: ED458553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Reading across the Region. Topics in Early Reading Coherence.
Across the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's five-state region, state departments of education and state legislators are working to strengthen reading programs, raise student reading achievement, and help struggling readers. People now realize that reading proficiency is the key to high student achievement. This report summarizes the initiatives and legislation in place or under consideration in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Arkansas has developed the "Smart Start" initiative for Grades K-4, an initiative which aims to increase reading and math achievement at the lower grades to create a strong foundation for academic success. At every elementary school, Louisiana legislated the implementation of a reading program designed to teach students to read on grade level by no later than third grade. New Mexico has put much effort into establishing standards and benchmarks for all grade levels in all subject areas and has received an "A" from "Education Week" for its efforts. Oklahoma's Reading Sufficiency Act took effect on July 1, 1998. The act aims to ensure that each child attains the necessary reading skills by completion of third grade. In Texas, the Texas Reading Initiative consists of several components: increasing teachers' knowledge of their students' reading skills in K-3 through assessment; providing research-based information to educators through two documents, "Good Practice" and "Beginning Reading Instruction"; professional development; and parent involvement. (NKA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Programs, Reading Skills
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 E. 7th St., Austin, TX 78701-3281. Tel: 800-476-6861 (Toll Free). Web site: http://www.sedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas