The Indiana Department of Education has a mission to increase literacy achievement for all students in Indiana.
Guiding Principles of this work:
- Literacy propels independent thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and new literacies
- Standards-based and disciplinary literacy instruction accelerate student gains.
- Literacy is a fundamental part of instruction in all disciplines
- Teachers as adaptive experts have the most impact on student learning
- Evidence-based instructional approaches transform an emergent reader into a skilled reader and a lifelong learner
- Administrators are change agents and have the power to create and to support a culture of literacy
The Literacy Team began the process of developing a Literacy Framework by reviewing 64 Literacy Framework at the global and national level. This research demonstrated which states and countries had updated frameworks, scored the highest on NAEP, international literacy rankings, PISA, and NCEE. Those states or countries that performed the highest in three or more categories were further reviewed. Trends and patterns were identified and this data indicated which sections should be used in the Indiana Literacy Framework. Key trends driving this process were three to five-year data cycles, input from veteran teachers, a standard-centered approach, academic vocabulary from standards, question stems, and “I can” statements derived from the standards.
Over 300 educators across Indiana completed templates for each standard and grade level. Educators came together to collaborate and submit a final group recommendation for each of the Indiana Academic Standards. Additional content pieces specific to English Learners and Special Education populations were developed by English Language educators and Special Education educators.
Indiana Department of Education will continue to gather feedback during the 2018-2019 school year for its official roll out for the 2019-2020 school year.