Literacy Woes Put in Focus
Panel Urges Federal Action for Adolescent Students
A national panel urged federal policymakers last week to “take a more active role” in promoting adolescent reading and writing, and called for nothing short of a “literacy revolution” to keep students in school and ensure they are able to learn the complex material that college and careers will demand of them.
The final report of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy caps a five-year effort to examine literacy skills among students in grades 4-12. It asks federal leaders to pay for more research into adolescent literacy, back key legislation on the subject making its way through Congress, and support the development of common academic standards.
“Our goal must be to build a national movement from schools to the White House that support[s] young people in becoming engaged and competent readers,” says the 108-page report, “Time to Act.”
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