Adolescent Literacy: State Has Standards That Reflect Literacy Expectations Explicit in Grades 4-12


Adolescent Literacy: State Has Standards That Reflect Literacy Expectations Explicit in Grades 4-12

Without established expectations and standards, it is difficult to measure improvement and success.

Why does it matter?

  • Challenging standards help to improve efficiency, generate challenging cohesive curriculum and are the basis for holding students, teachers and schools accountable.
  • Standards are the launch pad for redesigning curriculum, assessment, accountability, teacher education, professional development and resource allocation.
  • Highlights:

  • Thirteen states have standards exlicitly reflecting literacy expectations for grades 4-12.
  • Connecticut's grades 4-12 literacy expectation standards are outline in the state department resources – both printed and electronic – and additional literacy expectation standards are outlined in the 4-8 literacy grade-level expectations.
  • Methodology: The 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 jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.



State has standards that reflect literacy expectations explicit in grades 4-12
Alabama Yes
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas Yes
California
Colorado
Connecticut Yes, grades 4-12 literacy expectation standards are outlined in the state department of education resources, and additional literacy expectation standards are outlined in the 4-8 literacy grade-level expectations.
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky Yes, Program of Studies and Core Content reflect explicit expectations.
Louisiana Yes
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan Yes
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York Yes
North Carolina Yes
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia Yes
Washington
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming

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