Massachusetts has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading skills among students. One of the state's key policies is the Readiness Centers Initiative, which provides funding to support early literacy development for young children from birth to age five.
The state also has a strong focus on early literacy, with a requirement that all kindergarten students undergo reading assessments and receive individualized support as needed. Additionally, Massachusetts has developed a statewide framework for literacy instruction that outlines specific learning standards and provides guidance for educators on effective literacy practices.
Massachusetts has also implemented policies to support literacy development among English language learners, including professional development for educators, the use of bilingual and dual-language programs, and the provision of support services for English language learners and their families.
Overall, Massachusetts' literacy policies reflect a commitment to providing high-quality literacy instruction and support for all students, with a particular emphasis on early literacy development and evidence-based practices.
Massachusetts Student Score Gaps:
This represents a decline from the 2019 percentage of 4th grade students not reading at the proficient level which was 55%.
In 2022, Black students had an average score that was 28 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (26 points).
In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 32 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (34 points).
In 2022, male students in Massachusetts had an average score that was lower than that of female students by 6 points.
In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 33 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (28 points).
Information from the NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.
MA EVIDENCE-BASED CHAMPIONS
MA 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.
Massachusetts Reading Association
Reading Recovery Council of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Center for the Book
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - English Language Arts
Massachusetts Literacy Foundation