Alignment assures a more systemic approach. To receive a "yes", the state must have established policies and procedures that align these three basic components of a state literacy plan.
Why does it matter?
"In practice" means an approach is not authorized or required by state policy but appears to take place in practice.
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 agencies. The information will be updated as changes occur.
Sources for all data points 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions about this database.
|State has aligned literacy standards with curricula, assessments and professional development activities|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||Yes, the Just Read, Florida office in the Florida Department of Education heads up this work for curricula and professional development. |
As of July 2008, Just Read, Florida has 52 or the state's 75 school districts participating in reading intervention through Content Area Reading Professional Development (CAR-PD).
|Kentucky||Yes, in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.|
|New York||Yes, the English Language Arts Standards are the basis for the state assessments in middle school and the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English at the high school level. The learning standards are used at the local level to develop curriculum and professional development activities.|
|Texas||New reading and writing curriculum standards were approved by the Board of Education on May 24, 2008.|
|West Virginia||Yes, the 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives specify the objectives in reading, writing, listening and speaking for the 4th through the 8th grades.|
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