Adolescent Literacy: State Has Literacy Report Card or Other Means to Build Momentum for Improving Adolescent Literacy
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Adolescent Literacy: State Has Literacy Report Card or Other Means to Build Momentum for Improving Adolescent Literacy

A literacy report card might include progress being made in student test scores, curriculum alignment and teacher training. Or a state might simply include adolescent literacy gains in its annual report card. 

Why does it matter?


Note:
A "yes" for this question can be awarded for either a literacy report card (such as literacy progress reported on the annual report card required by NCLB) or by other means of building momentum. Distinction has been made in the answers.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, recently enacted legislation (session laws), and rules and regulations. Where necessary, statewide initiatives created outside of policy were collected from state education agencies. The information will be updated as changes occur.

Sources for all datapoints are available through this link.

Last updated: June 2008

Research was conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303-299-3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


State has literacy report card or other means to build momentum for improving adolescent literacy
Alabama

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas Yes
California
Colorado
Connecticut Yes
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida Other means of momentum: Schools must provide quarterly reports to the district superintendent on student progress toward increased reading achievement.
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois Yes, the state superintendent is to report annually to the leadership of the legislature on the results of the Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program and the progress being made in improving the reading skills of students in grades 7 through 12. 
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts Other means of building momentum: Massachusetts received a "Reading to Achieve" grant in 2006 and the result is a preK-12 literacy plan aligned to the department of education's goals of closing existing literacy achievement gaps and preventing new gaps from emerging. The state department of education began implementing the recommendations in January 2007, and it is anticipated that the fully implemented literacy plan will be in place in 2012. The plan will require collaboration of the governor, the boards of education, higher education, early education and care, the University of Massachusetts, and the business and philanthropic communities. It is anticipated that the fully implemented literacy plan will be instrumental in helping all students achieve proficiency and beyond in reading, writing and language development and prepare all students for success in college and the workplace.
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico Yes
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Yes, the State Literacy Advisory Panel helps support momentum by providing advice concerning adolescent literacy including the creation, dissemination and regular updating of pertinent resource materials for RI schools.  In addition, the commissioner of education is to report to the governor and the legislature regarding the implementation of the literacy program.
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee Yes
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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