Oregon Department of Education

Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework: Background

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The Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee (LLSSC) began focusing on K-12 literacy in 2005. Guided by Dr. Michael Kamil, a Stanford University researcher on early reading and adolescent literacy, the LLSSC wrote the “Oregon Literacy Plan,” a design for a complete comprehensive reading model for Oregon. After examining the data on literacy in Oregon, and noting the need for immediate action, the LLSSC stated in the plan:

    “Fortunately, we know what we need to do, and we have good reason to be optimistic about the impact we can make. In the last few years, Oregon schools using research-based programs have seen striking improvements in early reading achievement. Nationally, researchers have come to strong agreement on improving literacy instruction for adolescents as well, based on teaching literacy skills specific to the content areas. It’s an excellent time to capitalize on our gains and put proven programs to work.”

The Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework is the culmination of that earlier design. In 2007, the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) in the College of Education at the University of Oregon began working on the Framework documents and a series of resources to support school and district efforts to increase student reading achievement. The guidance in the Framework provides a step-by-step approach to the state, districts, and schools on how to use evidence based literacy instruction to ensure that all students read well.

The LLSSC reviewed the work at quarterly meetings throughout 2007-09 and approved it in September 2009. The Oregon Board of Education adopted the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework in December 2009. The LLSSC and the department acknowledge the Center on teaching and Learning.