Supporting school systems to effectively teach essential literacy content to all students, including students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Building capacity related to implementation of a universal screening process to identify students at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Intensification of instruction and intervention to comprehensively support the individual needs of students with or at risk for literacy-related disabilities.

Use of Response to Intervention in reading to determine special education eligibility in schools that use a multi-tiered systems of support approach.

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Our liaisons provide technical assistance to Regional Comprehensive Center (RCC) staff so they may better assist SEAs in developing and implementing state and local structures, procedures and policies to address student challenges in learning to read and write.

  • Sarah Sayko: Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia, Texas, and Great Lakes
  • Brian Gearin: Northwest, Pacific, California, Central, West Central, North Central, South Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Florida and the Islands
Understanding Screening: Classification Accuracy

Classification accuracy is a key characteristic of screening tools. A goal in classification accuracy is to correctly identify issues that result in a later problem and situations in which the scores identify issues that do not result in a later problem.

State Policy and Dyslexia

The characteristics of dyslexia legislation.

Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

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Resource Repository

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Improving Literacy Briefs

Research summaries and infographics written by our experts.

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State of Dyslexia

Dyslexia legislation in the United States of America.

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Implementation Toolkits

Practical help for implementing recommended literacy practices.

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Literacy Skill Checklist

Personalized resources aligned with literacy skills for beginning readers.

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Learning Literacy Glossary

Key literacy terms with definitions.

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The Center for IDEA Early Childhod Data Systems

This tip sheets will help state and local agencies develop a clear understanding of what they should measure when evaluating practice implementation. It presents key components of a practice implementation evaluation.

Topic: Assessments

Doing What Works

In this video, Charting the Path, a principal discusses the progression of RtI implementation in an elementary school.

Topic: General Literacy

The Center on Instruction

This document provides research-based guidance on academic literacy instruction in the content areas. It is intended for use by literacy specialists and other technical assistance providers in their work with states to improve educational policy and practice in adolescent literacy.

Topic: Comprehension, Vocabulary

Grapheme

Definition

A printed letter or group of letters that represent a sound in a syllable or word.