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ERIC Number: ED535296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Adolescent Literacy Programs: Costs of Implementation. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy
Levin, Henry M.; Catlin, Doran; Elson, Alex
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Many educators and researchers have proposed reforms for dealing with the ongoing adolescent literacy crisis. Progress in strengthening young people's literacy now depends on schools a) choosing appropriate programs and b) implementing them consistently and effectively. Yet the history of school reform is littered with reforms that were adopted and quickly abandoned for not answering students' needs. Time and resources routinely go to waste as schools and school districts recycle through reform after reform showing little long-term progress. Often, schools adopt reforms in a mechanical fashion, as if a perfunctory acceptance of the reform and its training requirements were sufficient to routinely yield educational success. But without appropriate leadership, resources, and commitment to succeed, any such effort is bound to fail. This paper reviews the literature on implementation of educational reforms, then examines differences in implementation and costs among a sample of schools that have each adopted one of three well-known (READ 180, Questioning the Author, and Reading Apprenticeship) reforms, concluding with a few recommendations--simple procedures that the authors believe will improve schools' chances for achieving positive results with literacy reform. (Contains 3 tables and 14 endnotes.) [For related reports, see "Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy" (ED535318); "Measure for Measure: A Critical Consumers' Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy" (ED535299); "Adolescent Literacy and Textbooks: An Annotated Bibliography. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy" (ED535323); "Reading in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Adolescent Literacy. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy" (ED535297); and "Adolescent Literacy Development in Out-of-School Time: A Practitioner's Guide. Final Report from Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy" (ED535304).]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corporation of New York