Summary Of California Reading Task Force Report

Recommendation 1: Every school and district must organize and implement a comprehensive and balanced reading program that is research-based and combines skills development with literature and language-rich activities

Recommendation 2: Schools and districts must provide every teacher with a repertoire of diagnostic tools to continuously monitor and modify instruction, to ensure every child's optimal development, and to identify students who need help in reading

Recommendation 3: Schools must have an effective, rigorous, proven intervention program as part of their comprehensive literacy plan for instruction with an emphasis on early intervention for children by mid-first grade

Recommendation 4: California must promptly establish clear standards in reading at each grade level and develop and implement a state-level assessment system that identifies to what extent students and schools are meeting these standards

Recommendation 5: The state educational agencies and teacher training institutions must redesign teaching credential programs and require ongoing staff development in reading for all classroom teachers

Recommendation 6: A high quality preschool experience should be available to all children and must be provided to every low income child

Recommendation 7: Districts must supply a large number of high quality, appropriate print and electronic instructional materials

Recommendation 8: Every school and district must mobilize all its resources to make reading a priority in the elementary grades

Recommendation 9: The entire community must work together to ensure that every child can read

Recommendation 10: The california legislature, the governor, the california department of education, and the california state board of education must recognize that reading is the highest priority in california schools and resources must be allocated to provide the necessary support to teach reading in every public school