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Adolescent Literacy Resources

The Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center strives to provide the region with comprehensive resources and services to assist the state education agencies with the challenges of implementing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and improving student learning and achievement. This webpage focuses on adolescent literacy resources to help policymakers and practitioners improve the literacy skills of adolescent readers.

The October 2007 issue of Your Access to the Region includes an article titled "No Child Left Behind and Adolescent Literacy" and relevant resources. Following are additional resources relating to adolescent literacy.

General Information on Adolescent Literacy Resources

The extensive network of national content centers and regional comprehensive assistance centers is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement NCLB provisions and goals. The following helpful resources on the topic of adolescent literacy are provided by the National High School Center, the Center on Instruction, and other federally funded educational laboratories and centers.

Publications From the National High School Center

Koelsch, N. (2006). Improving literacy outcomes for English language learners in high school: Considerations for states and districts in developing a coherent policy framework (Research Brief). Washington, DC: National High School Center. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.betterhighschools.org/docs/NHSC_ImprovingLiteracy_010907.pdf

Salinger, T., & Bacevich, A. (2006). Sustaining focus on secondary reading: Lessons and recommendations from the Alabama Reading Initiative (Research Brief).Washington, DC: National High School Center. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.betterhighschools.org/docs/NHSC_ARI_ResearchBrief_010907.pdf

Publications From the Center on Instruction

Center on Instruction. (2007). Adolescent literacy resources: An annotated bibliography. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/COI%20Annotated%20Biblio.pdf

Scammacca, N, Roberts, G., Vaughn, S., Edmonds, M., Wexler, J., Reutebuch, C. K., et al. (2007). Interventions for adolescent struggling readers: A meta-analysis with implications for practice. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/COI%20Struggling%20Readers.pdf

Torgesen, J. K., Houston, D. D. Rissman, L. M., Decker, S. M., Roberts, G., Vaughn, S., et al. (2007). Academic literacy instruction for adolescents: A guidance document from the Center on Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/Academic%20Literacy.pdf

Issue, Policy, or Research Reports

Berman, I., & Biancarosa, G. (2005). Reading to achieve: A governor's guide to adolescent literacy: Washington, DC: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0510govguideliteracy.pdf

Carr, M. S., Saifer, S., & Novick, R. (2002). Inquiring minds: Learning and literacy in early adolescence. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.nwrel.org/lld/publications.html#minds

Deshler, D. D., & Tollefson, J. M. (2006). Strategic interventions: A research-validated instructional model that makes adolescent literacy a schoolwide priority. The School Administrator, 63(4), 24-29. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.aasa.org/publications/saarticledetail.cfm?ItemNumber=5872&snItemNumber=950&tnItemNumber=1995

Heller, R., & Greenleaf, C. (2007). Literacy instruction in the content areas: Getting to the core of middle and high school improvement. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.all4ed.org/publications/LiteracyContent/LitCon.pdf

International Reading Association (with National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, & National Council for the Social Studies). (2006). Standards for middle and high school literacy coaches. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.reading.org/downloads/resources/597coaching_standards.pdf

Learning Point Associates. (2007). Using student engagement to improve adolescent literacy. Naperville, IL: Author. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/qkey10.pdf

National Association of Secondary School Principals. (2005). Creating a culture of literacy: A guide for middle and high school principals. Reston, VA: Author. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/bin.asp?CID=62&DID=52747&DOC=file.pdf

National Association of State Boards of Education Study Group on Middle and High School Literacy. (2005). Reading at risk: The state response to the crisis in adolescent literacy. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Boards of Education. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.nasbe.org/recent_pubs/adol_literacy_full_report.pdf

Osburn, J., & Lehr, F. (with Hiebert, E. H.). (2003). A focus on fluency (Research-Based Practices in Early Reading Series). Honolulu, HI: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.prel.org/products/re_/fluency-1.pdf

Rasinski, T. V. (2004). Assessing reading fluency. Honolulu, HI: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.prel.org/products/re_/assessing-fluency.pdf

Short, D. J., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the work: Challenges and solutions to acquiring language and academic literacy for adolescent English language learners (A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York). Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from http://www.all4ed.org/publications/DoubleWork/DoubleWork.pdf