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4/13/2010 7:34:00 AM
Superintendent Castillo Announces Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today announced the launch of Oregon’s K-12 Literacy Framework which provides research-based tools at the state, district, and school levels to support effective reading instruction. Designed by the Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee (LLSSC) and adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education in December 2009, Oregon’s K-12 Literacy Framework aims to provide the supports needed at all levels to ensure that all students read at grade level or above. Participation in the Literacy Framework is not mandatory.

“This is really the first time our state has had a systemic approach to reading instruction designed to address the needs of all students, at all grades, and across all subject areas” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “Reading is not just an elementary issue, nor is it simply a language arts issue. This framework provides a network of support to help our schools, our districts, and our state fully embrace a collaborative, comprehensive approach to literacy. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our students can read at or above grade level.”

Oregon’s K-12 Literacy Framework provides a roadmap for how to use data to better support students and improve reading outcomes. Educators are empowered to work together in teams to achieve student reading goals by using targeted interventions, purposeful instruction, and regular assessments to ensure student progress.

While districts and schools can begin using these tools immediately by aligning their current programs to the Framework, Starter Grants will also be available for interested districts. The Request for Proposal for these grants will be announced in late April.

“I truly think this Framework is a gift,” said Springfield Superintendent Nancy Golden. “It synthesizes literacy best practice and provides districts with practical tools they can use to pursue this work at their own pace. This is a tool I believe will be of value to every school and district in Oregon.”

Ensuring that students have grade-level reading skills is particularly critical given the State Board’s adoption of Reading as the first Essential Skill required for graduation. The high school class of 2011 (this year’s sophomores) will be the first required to demonstrate proficiency in reading in order receive a high school diploma.

The Literacy Framework structure is aligned with the Response to Intervention (RTI) model already in place in some districts across Oregon. The Framework utilizes a combination of screening, progress monitoring, high-quality instruction, and targeted interventions familiar to those districts using RTI.

“Our state has shown a strong commitment to reading, and I see that each time I visit our schools,” said Castillo. “We have increased the number of reading coaches in our classrooms, created longer literacy blocks in elementary schools, and provided more learning opportunities throughout the school day for struggling readers to reach grade level. But we need to do more. There are still too many of our students who are not reading at grade level, too many who are still falling through the cracks. This research-based Framework provides proven strategies and step-by-step guidance to improve literacy programs and support our students as readers and learners.”

For more information regarding the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2568.
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