Oregon Department of Education

Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework: Why We Need the Framework

Literacy Framework Schools State School Districts Leadership Professional Development Commitment Instruction Assessment Goals
As described in the Preface, the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework is designed to provide the state, districts, and schools, including state and school district board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders with a strategic “blueprint” of what schools in Oregon need to do to help students develop key reading skills.

The framework is divided into three levels of implementation—State, District, and School—and organized around six components at each level—Goals, Assessment, Instruction, Leadership, Professional Development, and Commitment.

“State Support for the Essential Skill of Reading, “District Support for the Essential Skill of Reading,” and “School Support for the Essential Skill of Reading,” are designed for strategic planning at the state, district, and school levels respectively. It is the state, district, and school levels working in concert that create the conditions necessary for effective reading instruction to take place in every Oregon classroom. The “School Support for the Essential Skill of Reading” provides an overview of key topics within each component chapter as well as hyperlinks to specific passages where those topics are discussed. It is also a self-audit tool for schools.

The body of the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework, as described in the Executive Summary: School-level Implementation, focuses on what schools must do to promote effective reading instruction in every classroom and across all instructional areas. It is divided into six chapters, representing six components that need to be integrated in order to implement a comprehensive reading program that will improve the reading achievement of ALL students—Goals, Assessment, Instruction, Leadership, Professional Development, and Commitment.