ERIC Number: ED537417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Improving Adolescent Literacy Is Essential to National Welfare
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Calling students in high school now and in coming years "the people who will envision the future of our nation and chart our course through the 21st century and beyond," the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) has called in a new report for improvements in adolescent literacy if students are to succeed in college and careers. The report, "Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success," offers keys to reforming literacy instruction and cites schools where improvements are occurring. It was prepared by CCNY's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy, comprised of university scholars and reading experts. It also includes Mel Riddle, associate director for high school services, National Association of Secondary School Principals. Time to Act includes specific steps that school leaders, district personnel and state and federal policymakers should take to improve adolescent literacy. The report cites three "keys to successful reform": (1) Give teachers literacy focused instructional tools and formative assessments; (2) Encourage schools and districts to collect and use information about student literacy performance more efficiently; and (3) Call upon state-level leaders to maximize the use of limited resources for literacy efforts in a strategic way. The report concludes by indicating that educators and policymakers must use current knowledge in a targeted and systematic way.
Descriptors: Literacy, Principals, Educational Change, Expertise, Instructional Materials, Formative Evaluation, Educational Resources, Teacher Competencies, Educational Assessment, Instructional Leadership, Intervention, High School Students, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers
Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)