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Oregon 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 Oregon 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.

Oregon 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 Oregon Literacy Framework to provide guidance and support to educators and promote evidence-based literacy practices.

Oregon uses a statewide assessment, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed. The state's Response to Intervention (RTI) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.

The Oregon Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the Oregon Reading First program and the Oregon Ready to Read program. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities. Additionally, the state has established the Oregon Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines, which focuses on promoting early literacy development among young children in the state.

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Oregon Student Score Gaps:

  • This represents a decline from the 2019 percentage of 4th grade students not reading at the proficient level which was 66%.

  • Data was not reported for Black students in 2022, because reporting standards were not met.

  • In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 26 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (39 points).

  • In 2022, male students in Oregon had an average score that was lower than that of female students by 7 points.

  • Data are not reported for students who were not eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in 2022, because reporting standards were not met.

Information from the  NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.




These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.

Oregon Department of Education


Oregon State Literacy Association

Oregon Council of Teachers of English

The International Dyslexia Association - Oregon Branch

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