ERIC Number: ED489228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reading to Achieve: A Governor's Guide to Adolescent Literacy
National Governors Association
To compete in the global information economy, young people today need literacy skills far more advanced than have been required of any previous generation. Strong reading, writing, and thinking skills are essential not only for success in school and the workplace, but also for participation in civic life. Yet many youth lack the requisite literacy skills. Only three out of 10 U.S. eighth-graders are proficient readers. Poor readers in elementary and middle school are likely to struggle in high school and are most at risk of dropping out before graduation. Even many high school graduates are unprepared to meet the literacy expectations of their professors or employers. Opportunities for economic success will increasingly require that young people possess strong literacy skills. Nearly two-thirds of new jobs in this decade will require some postsecondary education, and the fastest-growing jobs make the highest literacy and education demands. Unfortunately, for too many students, literacy instruction ends in third grade. The nation's eight million struggling readers who are adolescents--defined in this guide as students in grades four through 12--also need extra support. A state commitment to providing literacy instruction to students from kindergarten through 12th grade is necessary for governors to meet adequate yearly progress targets, raise high school graduation rates, increase the value of the high school diploma, and close the achievement gap. This document is organized into the following sections: (1) Why Focus on Adolescent Literacy; (2) Why Adolescent Literacy Is Hard to Define and Address; (3) What Governors and States Can Do to Improve Adolescent Literacy; and (4) Conclusion. The following are appended: (1) Resources on Adolescent Literacy; (2) Examples of Promising Practices; (3) Contacts for More Information on Promising Practices; and (4) Potential Funding Sources for Adolescent Literacy. (Contains 44 notes.)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Preadolescents, Literacy, Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, State Action, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Best Practices.