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Revising Oregon's Literacy Framework

Oregon's Literacy Investment

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) believes literacy is a fundamental human right.  The agency is committed to ensuring a firm foundation of literacy for every Oregon child.   

Toward that end, ODE is undertaking a major revision of the state’s 2009 Literacy Framework. ODE will update Oregon’s Literacy Framework, with input from a diverse group of educators, researchers and other partners. The revised framework will elevate knowledge and practices that have emerged from decades of research, which have become collectively known as the science of reading and will incorporate the most recent findings on literacy development and instruction. The Framework will include research about teaching literacy to all students, including multilingual learners, students experiencing disabilities, and students who speak other dialects of English. 

The revised Literacy Framework will be complemented by a literacy catalyst professional development series to ground educators in the most current foundational literacy pedagogy and cultivate a network of peer support for best practices. Equity will guide the system-wide vision at the state, district, and school levels, bringing coherence across educator knowledge, instructional materials, evidence-based practices, and formative assessment.

Investing in Literacy Education

ODE is investing in this Literacy Framework revision as part of its commitment to addressing unfinished learning and supporting literacy education infrastructure for the long term. This project is funded by federal American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funds. 

Learn about how the literacy investment connects with other ODE projects using the ESSER III federal funds.  

The revised Literacy Framework is projected to be available by summer 2023, with the professional development series launching at that point. 

Commitment to Equity

Across these projects, ODE is committed to dismantling systemic barriers to literacy as well as providing tools to help students develop as readers, writers, speakers, and critical thinkers.  ODE seeks to center the needs of students facing disparities that were only worsened by the pandemic, specifically the following student populations:  

  • students from African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino/a/x, and Pacific Islander communities;  
  • students experiencing disabilities;  
  • multilingual students;  
  • students navigating poverty. 

Connect with Us

What is important for ODE to know as we revise the state's literacy framework?   

What do you want or need for support in teaching foundational literacy skills? 

The Oregon Department of Education wants to hear from you: 

  • Email your public comments about what we should consider as we revise the Literacy Framework and design professional learning for educators: k5.literacy@ode.oregon.gov 

For questions regarding the ODE Language Arts program or its statewide literacy work, email k5.literacy@ode.oregon.gov or call 503-947-5603.