Lessons & Recommendations From the Alabama Reading Initiative
Sustaining Focus on Secondary Reading
The Descriptive Study of the Alabama Reading Initiative
As a leader in the adolescent literacy movement, Carnegie Corporation of New York asked AIR to conduct a descriptive study of the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) in secondary schools, essentially to “tell the story” of how the secondary component of the Initiative has fared, especially amid decreased state funding for education in Alabama and the large-scale national and local attention to the needs of beginning readers. The report reflects the results of numerous interviews with students, teachers, school and state administrators, higher education faculty, and members of nonprofit organizations in Alabama—essentially those individuals who can best trace the emergence of a distinct secondary model for ARI and who can report on what still needs to be done to make the Initiative a permanent part of Alabama middle and high school education. Additional information about ARI was gained from a survey administered to teachers in ARI secondary schools across the state.