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?
|State has literacy report card or other means to build momentum for improving adolescent literacy|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||Other means of momentum: Schools must provide quarterly reports to the district superintendent on student progress toward increased reading achievement.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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