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ERIC Number: ED512002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
The Federal Role in Confronting the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy. Policy Brief
Haynes, Mariana
Alliance for Excellent Education
Results from national reading assessments reveal that millions of young people leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills required for career and college success. Young adults who lack reading and writing proficiency will likely be relegated to the ranks of unskilled workers in a world where literacy is an absolute precondition for success. The disastrous outcomes for portions of the student population by race, ethnicity, and income level reverberate through the nation's educational system. Unless the nation makes a consistent investment toward delivering comprehensive reading and writing instruction throughout the pre-K-12 grade span, a large proportion of low-income students and students of color will remain sidelined from full participation in the modern workplace. While federal and state strategies have begun to focus on the adolescent literacy crisis, more than ever it is time to build upon these initial efforts. This policy brief describes the role that the federal government can play to advocate for a comprehensive, national, and schoolwide focus on K-12 literacy. (Contains 24 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education
Identifiers - Location: Florida; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Higher Education Act Title II; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress