Standards, Priorities, and Goals are grounded in the essential elements of reading and anchored in evidence-based practices and instructional intervention at every level. Successfully implementing this element assures that all teachers of reading have an instructional guide.

Standards

College and Career Readiness Standards should be commonly understood and consistently used as an instructional guide by all teachers of reading.

Indicators of Success

  • Instruction is aligned with college and career readiness standards at every grade level within the core curriculum and interventions.
  • Standards reflect the reading outcomes you want students in your state, district, and/or school to achieve.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative

This site is the official home of the Common Core State Standards with easy access to the Common Core State Standards and supporting resources.

California Department of Education

This webpage features resources to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California.

Pennsylvania Department of Education

The Standards Aligned System (SAS), is a comprehensive, researched-based resource to improve student achievement. SAS identifies six elements that impact student achievement: Standards, Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials & Resources, and Safe and Supportive Schools.

University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning

Check out these tools from Oregon Reading First to plan literacy instruction at the system and building level.

WIDA

This webpage links to WIDA's standards for instructing English Learners.

National Center on Improving Literacy

Use this interactive map to explore K-12 dyslexia legislation in the United States.

National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII)

These documents provide examples of how to apply standards relevant literacy instruction across core instruction (Tier 1), secondary intervention (Tier 2), intensive intervention (Tier 3) and how to support students with significant cognitive challenges.

Prioritizing Standards and Initiatives

Standards should be prioritized relative to the importance of student learning and aligned with all school initiatives to provide a strategic focus. Prioritized standards guide instructional and curricular decisions (e.g., time allocations, curriculum, and program adoptions).

Indicators of Success

  • Priorities are identified to help focus initiatives on reading goals.
  • School initiatives are aligned with district initiatives and priorities.

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Intervention Central

This article includes five suggestions to create a school culture with more widespread, consistent, higher quality implementation.

Student Goals

Student Outcome Goals should be anchored in evidence-based practices and essential elements in reading, clearly defined and written in child-friendly terms, quantifiable, and clearly understood and effectively communicated across all grade levels.

Indicators of Success

  • Student reading goals are anchored in evidence-based practices and essential elements in reading.
  • Student reading goals are clearly defined, written in child-friendly terms, and quantifiable.
  • Student reading goals are clearly understood and effectively communicated across all grade levels.

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University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning

Use these curriculum maps to guide teaching beginning reading. Curriculum maps specify student reading goals and instructional priorities by grade level.

Reading Rockets

Read this guide for ideas about how to plan instruction around achieving the Common Core reading standards.

University of Oregon

This document describes benchmark goals for a measure of basic literacy skills.

Meadows Center

The Excel file contains worksheets that can be used to chart student progress-monitoring data.

National Center on Intensive Intervention

This Excel tool collects academic progress monitoring data across multiple measures as a part of the data-based individualization (DBI) process.

Action Planning

An action plan is in place that articulates how goals will be met. The plan addresses the target priorities for helping all students meet district and school reading goals.

Indicators of Success

  • There is a cohesive culture and set of expectations that support your school’s mission and vision for reading.
  • SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goal planning processes are used for action planning.

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University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning

Check out these tools from Oregon Reading First to plan literacy instruction at the system and building level.

Communicating Guiding Principles with Families and Stakeholders

Reading goals and priorities are communicated with students, parents, and stakeholders at every possible opportunity through multiple communication outlets (e.g. “Our primary reading goal is for all students to read at grade level or above by the end of third grade.”).

Indicators of Success

  • Families and other stakeholders are involved in the development of your school’s guiding principles and reading goals.
  • Guiding principles and reading goals are communicated to families and other stakeholders.
  • Student progress on standards and reading goals is clearly communicated to families on a regular basis.
  • Families and educators work together to ensure that students make progress toward their reading goals in and out of school.

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The IRIS Center

This module focuses on the entire school population and highlights partnerships between general education and special education faculty that result in the creation of a 'collective responsibility' and shared high expectations for all students.

National Institute for Literacy

This document explains evidence-based reading research and makes it available to educators, parents, policy-makers, and others to help inform decisions around reading to impact outcomes for students.

Learning Point Associates

This guide gives practical recommendations for teaching based on findings from the National Reading Panel.

The IRIS Center

This module focuses on the entire school population and highlights partnerships between general education and special education faculty that result in the creation of a 'collective responsibility' and shared high expectations for all students.

National Institute for Literacy

This document explains evidence-based reading research and makes it available to educators, parents, policy-makers, and others to help inform decisions around reading to impact outcomes for students.

Learning Point Associates

This guide gives practical recommendations for teaching based on findings from the National Reading Panel.

Scholastic

Use this template to set your SMART goal.

Scholastic

Read this blog post about one teacher's experience with setting SMART goals.

Understood

Read this webpage about setting SMART goals in IEPs.