ERIC Number: ED469927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Reading Initiatives: Examples of National, State, and Professional Organizations' Efforts. ERIC Digest.
Statistics on the literacy skills of America's children reveal that approximately 40% of students across the nation cannot read at a basic level. And for low-income students, the figure is even worse. In response to this situation, a number of efforts are underway--spearheaded by federal and state policymakers and a number of independent organizations--to remedy the situation. This Digest looks at some of the most recent of those initiatives. The Digest first discusses the importance of the findings of the National Reading Panel in the development of Reading First, the literacy component of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" Act (2001). It then discusses several state initiatives, such as the Texas Reading Initiative and the Alabama Reading Initiative. Finally, the Digest cites several literacy initiatives launched by independent nonprofit organizations, such as "Success for All, the "Children's Literacy Initiative," the "NCTE Reading Initiative," and "Born to Read." (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Government Role, Literacy, Professional Associations, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Student Needs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.; Family Learning Association, Bloomington, IN.