How Members Are Prioritizing Literacy in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

Literacy has historically been an important, though secondary, priority of PIE Network members. However, in 2018 an increasing number of organizations are working on issues related to literacy. Some are advocating for legislation that will establish critical state commitments to early literacy. Many are working to ensure fidelity in implementation of existing programs, including advocating for significant support for professional development, increased state funding, and alignment with state standards.

Key Takeaways

  • Twenty-five PIE Network members (42%) plan to engage on literacy efforts in 2018, a significant increase from the number of organizations that named it as a high priority or on the to-do list in 2017.
  • Organizations prioritizing literacy are working in a range of ways, from developing legislation to supporting implementation and advocating for increased funding.

State Snapshot

Twenty-five PIE Network members in 19 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar literacy policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.


Twenty-four members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Launch Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • AR Arkansas Learns: All Students, Except Those Precluded by Intellectual Disability, Meet Readiness Benchmark For Reading
  • AZ Expect More Arizona: Improving 3rd Grade Proficiency Which Necessitates Funding, Good Policy, and Teacher Support and Professional Development
  • CA EdVoice: Right to Read Lawsuit – Ella T. v. State of California
  • CO A+ Colorado: Make Sure Literacy Assessments are in Line with State Standards
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Protect the READ Act
  • CO DFER Colorado: Work with Coalition to Ensure READ Act is Adjusted to Align With Proficiency
  • CO Stand for Children Colorado: Improving Implementation of Early Literacy Policy and Improve Teacher Readiness
  • CT Connecticut Council for Education Reform: Successful Implementation of 6 Part Leading for Literacy Seminar Series for Principals
  • DC DFER District of Columbia: Improve Literacy Rates of Graduating Seniors
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Develop Support from Gubernatorial Candidates for State’s Highly Successful K-3 Reading Policy
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Adult Literacy
  • ID Idaho Business For Education: More Money for Literacy Intervention
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Continue to Support Grade Level Reading
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase Rate of Students Reading On-Level by 3rd Grade and Increase the Number of Schools Using High Quality Literacy Curricula
  • MA Stand for Children Massachusetts: Secure $150M in New Investments, $5M for FY19 Budget
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Improved Implementation
  • NC BEST NC: Improve The B-8 Grade Governance and Educator Pipeline
  • NE Educate Nebraska: Help Pass an Early Literacy Bill, Started in 2017
  • OR Stand for Children Oregon: Early Literacy Bill
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: Improve Materials and Instruction for Teaching Literacy
  • TX Stand for Children Texas: Reading on Grade Level by 3rd Grade
  • WA DFER Washington: General Literacy
  • WA Stand for Children Washington: Improve Existing Menu of Tests and Intervention for K-4 Struggling Readers

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.

  • Stand for Children Colorado, Krista Spurgin, Executive Director: Early Literacy
  • Stand for Children Illinois, Jessica Handy, Government Affairs Director: Running a Summer Learning Loss Literacy Program
  • Stand for Children Massachusetts, Ranjini Govender, Executive Director, Literacy Policy K-5

Members most frequently listed the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Campaign for Grade Level Reading as go-tos for advice and resources on accountability and transparency.






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