READING DEVELOPMENT & READING LITERACY

KEY ROLES IN EDUCATION, THE WORKFORCE, AND SOCIETY

In the modern world, literacy is more than a necessary skill set; it is a way of life. Without the ability to read critically and write with sophistication and clarity, education is frustrating and unfulfilling, and pursuing a rewarding career path is nearly impossible. With these abilities, however, the possibilities are endless: high achievement in secondary and tertiary education, recognition as an accomplished student and worker, success at each level of the professional world, and much more. These are opportunities that should be available to anyone who works for them-and yet for over half of our students, by no fault of their own, it will be a struggle to reach this point.

The current educational system is neither ambitious nor dynamic enough to address the unique difficulties and challenges of each child who fails to achieve full literacy, instead cementing the fate of these students by treating them as a challenged whole and allowing them to fall further behind. However, these students have everything they need to become literate and successful; they simply need the right tools, the right instruction, and the right knowledge provided to their teachers and schools. In this section, the Executive Summary explains the basics of reading literacy, and its attainment; the Key Components will organize the related concepts by their goals and results; the Roadmap and Specifics will provide the details of implementation; and the model state legislation is designed to help you and your community effect positive change in your own state and district.

Executive Summary

KEY COMPONENTS

ROADMAP AND SPECIFICS

MODEL LEGISLATION LANGUAGE