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ERIC Number: EJ864142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-23
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Literacy Woes Put in Focus: Panel Urges Federal Action for Adolescent Students
Gewertz, Catherine
Education Week, v29 n4 p1, 12 Sep 2009
A national panel urged federal policymakers to "take a more active role" in promoting adolescent reading and writing, and called for nothing short of a "literacy revolution" to keep students in school and ensure they are able to learn the complex material that college and careers will demand of them. The final report of the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy caps a five-year effort to examine literacy skills among students in grades 4-12. It asks federal leaders to pay for more research into adolescent literacy, back key legislation on the subject making its way through Congress, and support the development of common academic standards. The concluding report by the Carnegie panel notes that while elementary reading scores have shown progress in recent years, achievement in middle and high school has stagnated. It is time, the panel says, to expand on the gains made by the federal Reading First program, and extend explicit literacy instruction into upper grades--and not just in English classes, but in every subject area. To remedy the problem, federal policymakers should increase the portion of Title I money for disadvantaged students that goes to middle and high schools--which the report estimates at 5 percent--or create a separate funding stream "squarely focused on middle and high schools" to support that work, the panel says. In addition to calling for a stronger federal role, the Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy is exhorting school leaders to structure their schools around literacy, hire teachers skilled at teaching it across all subjects, and help teachers build on those skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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