California has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. The state's approach to literacy education focuses on evidence-based instruction, early intervention, and support for struggling readers. One key policy is the California Common Core State Standards, which outlines the skills and knowledge that students need to develop in order to be successful readers, including phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
California provides training and support for educators in evidence-based literacy practices, such as explicit instruction and the use of assessment data to inform instruction. The state has established the California Reading and Literature Project to provide guidance and support to educators and promote evidence-based literacy practices.
California uses a statewide assessment, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed. The state's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.
The California Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the California Early Literacy Learning program and the California Library Services Act. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities. Additionally, the state has established the California Parent and Family Engagement Framework, which focuses on promoting family engagement and building strong partnerships between schools and families to support student literacy development.
California Student Score Gaps:
This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.
In 2022, Black students had an average score that was 37 points lower than that for White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (31 points).
In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 29 points lower than that for White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (35 points).
In 2022, male students in California had an average score that was lower than that for female students by 6 points.
In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 34 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (36 points).
Information from the NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.
CA EVIDENCE-BASED CHAMPIONS
CA EVIDENCE-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.