How Members are Prioritizing Literacy
February 15, 2017

2017 Outlook

Literacy will remain an important, though secondary, issue for advocates in the PIE Network during 2017. As is the case historically, literacy is usually championed each year by a few advocates. This year, advocates working on literacy are focused primarily on K-3 reading bills, how literacy fits into accountability systems, and reading intervention policies. 


Key Takeaways

  • 9 organizations said literacy is a high priority for them in 2017.
  • 36 percent of respondents are designated literacy as a high priority or on the to-do list.  
  • Organizations prioritizing literacy are working to pass K-3 reading bills, include literacy in accountability systems, and improve reading intervention policies.

State Snapshots

18 members in 16 states are planning to engage on this issue, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said literacy was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Sarah for an e-intro.

6 Organizations said literacy by third-grade policy is a high priority

  • Expect More Arizona
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Educate Nebraska
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Stand for Children Massachusetts

3 Organizations said reading intervention policies are a high priority

  • Expect More Arizona
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future

Looking for expertise or thought partners on literacy issues?

Below are members who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue.

Organization Name and Title Expertise
Stand for Children Massachusetts Ranjini Govender Literacy policy
Stand for Children Colorado Jeani Frickey Saito Literacy

Members most frequently mentioned the Foundation for Excellence in Education as the go-to for advice and resources on literacy.


PIE Network

PIE Network supports and promotes a network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every student graduates world-ready.


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