Carnegie Council for Advancing Adolescent Literacy

Advancing Adolescent Literacy

The Advancing Literacy Initiative was created in 2003, after an extensive review that included consultations with the nation's leading practitioners and researchers in literacy.

Key Reports

The Council has produced a series of widely-used reports, including:

  • Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success
  • Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools
  • Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy

America’s Adolescents in Crisis

This review revealed that the teaching of reading in Kindergarten through the third grade is well supported with research, practice and policy, but that the knowledge base for how to teach reading for grades beyond this point is very thin. The educational community faces a difficult challenge since what is expected in academic achievement for middle and high school students has significantly increased, yet the way in which students are taught to read, comprehend and write about subject matter has not kept pace with the demands of schooling. American 15-year-olds barely attain the standards of international literacy for youngsters their age, and during the past decade the average reading score of fourth graders has changed little. Readers who struggle during the intermediate elementary years face increasing difficulty throughout middle school and beyond.

Advancing Literacy Initiative

Carnegie Corporation’s initiative has been addressing the daunting task of advancing literacy by affecting policy, practice and research.  And during 2010, the foundation will continue to bring this work to its planned conclusion.  The capstone final report, Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success, and other adolescent literacy reports and information about the initiative can be found in the Publications search page.

Learn More About the Carnegie Council for Advancing Adolescent Literacy’s Past Initiatives:

Time To Act - a report on advancing adolescent literacy and five corresponding reports.
Families and Communities
English Language Learners

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Featured Publications

Advancing Adolescent Literacy: The Cornerstone of School Reform

Carnegie Review

Advancing Adolescent Literacy: The Cornerstone of School Reform

Beginning in 2001, Carnegie Corporation's groundbreaking adolescent literacy initiative aimed to help the country's students achieve academic success and prepare for college and career.

Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading

Report

Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading

Writing to Read is a new Carnegie Corporation report published by the Alliance for Excellent Education which finds that while reading and writing are closely connected, writing is an often-overlooked tool for improving reading skills and...

Reading Next

Report to the Corporation

Reading Next

Reading Next is a cutting-edge report that combines the best research currently available with well-crafted strategies for turning that research into practice. Informed by five of the nation's leading researchers, Reading Next charts an immediate...

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Report to the Corporation

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy. Yet every year in the United States, large numbers of adolescents graduate from...

Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

Report to the Corporation

Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners

Authored by Dr. Deborah J. Short and Shannon Fitzsimmons of the Center for Applied Linguistics, and informed by a distinguished panel of researchers, policymakers and practitioners, Double the Work discusses the diversity of the English language...

Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success

Report

Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Readiness, pinpoints adolescent literacy as a cornerstone of the current education reform movement, upon which efforts such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

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