America’s Literacy Challenge: Teaching Adolescents to Read to Learn

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This edition of Carnegie Results reviews a relatively new initiative for Carnegie Corporation of New York: the Advancing Literacy program, which focuses on improving the literacy of students in grades four-to-twelve. Though the effort was only begun in 2003, it has already made important inroads in tackling the challenge of improving adolescent literacy and in highlighting what has been done and what still needs to be done in this area. We thought that an early look at the issues and directions the program is pursuing as well as some preliminary “lessons learned” would provide useful insights for all of us who are concerned about how the ability of our nation’s youngsters—who, after all, are tomorrow’s potential leaders—not only to read, but also to understand the content and depth of what they read, may affect the future of our nation.



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