Georgia Launches Literacy Initiative to Enhance Student Reading Skills
The Georgia Department of Education is launching a literacy initiative aimed at both improving literacy among students and training educators on the science of reading.
The Georgia Literacy Academy, a partnership between the state and the Atlanta-based Rollins Center for Language & Literacy, will be rolled out in nine school districts and three charter schools for its first two years.
Gov. Brian Kemp and the General Assembly have made improving Georgia’s literacy rates a priority. This year, lawmakers passed and Kemp signed two literacy bills introducing two related approaches to literacy instruction: “the science of reading” and “structured literacy.”
The science of reading bundles together instruction on phonics with reading comprehension and vocabulary.