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Adolescent Literacy: State Has Aligned Literacy Standards with Curricula, Assessments and Professional Development Activities

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?

  • Without state policy to assure systemic alignment, literacy programs can become disconnected and ineffective.
  • Aligned literacy efforts must continually direct the state back on track.
  • Integration of high quality reading and writing instruction extends good instruction.
    • Highlights:

    • Fourteen states have established such alignment, and one state (Texas) has standards up for state board approval in May 2008.
    • In New York, English language arts standards are the basis for the state assessments in middle school and for the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English (high school). The learning standards are used at the local level to develop curriculum and professional development activities.
      • Note:
        "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 Bush at 303-299-3631 or with comments or questions about this database.

        State has aligned literacy standards with curricula, assessments and professional development activities
        Alabama Yes
        Arkansas Yes
        Connecticut Yes
        Florida Yes, the Just Read, Florida office in the Florida Department of Education heads up this work for curricula and professional development.

      • Provide technical assistance to school districts in the development and implementation of research-based reading instruction and annually review and approve such plans
      • Review, evaluate and provide technical assistance to school districts on the implementation of the reading plan
      • Work with the Florida Center for Reading Research to provide information on research-based reading programs and effective reading in the content area strategies
      • Periodically review the state's standards for reading at all grade levels.

      • Professional Development
      • Train highly effective reading coaches
      • Create multiple designations of effective reading instruction
      • Train K-12 teachers and school principals on effective content area-specific reading strategies
      • Periodically review teacher certification examinations, including alternative certification exams to ascertain whether the examinations measure the skills needed for research-based reading instruction and instructional strategies
      • Work with teacher preparation programs approved to integrate research-based reading strategies into programs.
      • 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).

        Georgia Yes
        Kentucky Yes, in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.
        Minnesota Yes 
        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.
        North Carolina Yes
        Oklahoma Yes
        Texas New reading and writing curriculum standards were approved by the Board of Education on May 24, 2008.
        Virginia Yes
        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.
        Wisconsin Yes

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