The Rhode Island Board of Education and the General Assembly place a major emphasis on the critical importance of literacy proficiency for all students.  This commitment, on the part of the RIDE and the State of Rhode Island, requires districts to focus intensely on PreK-12 Literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Student at Paul Cuffee School reading about JFKLiteracy instruction should reflect confirmed scientific research about literacy development, intervention, and the prevention of reading difficulties. It should be designed to meet individual student needs by being accessible, flexible, and engaging. 

This instruction incorporates strategies, methods, and resources that ensure literacy success for all through use of best practice about how students best develop literacy, and how successful programs work to ensure that virtually every student attains proficiency.

In addition, literacy instruction is required beyond the primary years to include a focus on literacy acquisition through grade 12. The belief that students need literacy instruction only in the early grades is being reshaped by the research that literacy learning is an on-going process. Most students refine and rethink their reading preferences during the middle and high school years. They become increasingly more sophisticated readers of informational text and establish their own foundation for lifelong reading habits.  

Therefore, all content area teachers must provide and reinforce instruction of literacy skills and strategies that are effective in their subject area.

Close Reading Institute Grant

The Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Curriculum is pleased to announce the opportunity for grants to support an LEA’s participation in the Close Reading Institute, Spring 2015. The Close Reading Institute supports educators, including those who teach diverse learners, working together to ensure that all students across classrooms have access to the rigorous expectations of the English Language Arts/Literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Special focus will be placed on aligning close reading instruction to reflect the diverse needs within and across educators’ classrooms. Grant awards will be based on the scope of the project, the number of educators involved, and costs for substitutes or stipend reimbursement. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2015.

Questions can be directed to Diane Girard at

To watch the Close Reading Institute Question and Answer Webinar which was held on December 5, 2014, please click on the webinar link below. Note that the webinar begins approximately 7 minutes into the recording and lasts for 53 minutes. 


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