Reading and Literacy

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Welcome to the Reading and Literacy pages of the SDE!  Literacy – the ability to read, write, speak, and listen effectively – is the door to learning, both in school and in life. To experience literature, embrace history, engage in research, or understand the principles of the universe, we must first be literate.

Here you will find information for RSA (Reading Sufficiency Act), Reading Research as well as resources and information for educators, parents, and students.

Quick Links

Reading Sufficiency 
Curriculum and Instruction
English/Language Arts Standards
Notable Books
Parent Resources
Reading and Literacy Resources
Reading Research

Notice: Elementary Reading Certificates

Lexile Links

The Lexile Framework® for Reading
Lexile Grade Equivalent Chart
Lexile Map

Funding Sources

Grant Alerts
Donors Choose
Toolkit for Funding
Target Grants
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Teri Brecheen
Executive Director, Reading and Literacy

Michele Sprague
Director, Reading and Literacy
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Professional Development

  • REAC3H Coaches

    • Literacy coaches are available for professional development in any pre-kindergarten through third-grade classroom in the state at a teacher’s request. These REAC3H Coaches provide REACHING ALL READERS and REV UP FOR READING trainings designed for reading teachers. Thirty of the coaches have completed their TOT (Trainer of Trainers) in LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training. Training for districts is free; districts pay only for LETRS materials. This training can be provided in an individual classroom. The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently approved LETRS Foundations Trainings as one of four possible Summer Academy Reading Program (SARP) certification trainings for teachers.
  • Office of Instruction

    • The Office of Instruction also is available to provide additional professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through videoconference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for this additional professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at at least five districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 45 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.
  • Language Essentials for the Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) was developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and is published by Sopris West. The goal of the LETRS professional development program is to help teachers from grades K-12 understand the language structures they are teaching, how students learn to read and write, and the best reasons why some children fail to learn. LETRS helps teachers gain in-depth, useful instructional information that complements their everyday teaching practices. It is not a "reading program," nor is it a replacement for core reading programs; rather, it is designed to bring deeper insight and knowledge to reading instruction, provide answers that instructional materials cannot, and allow teachers to reach, through explicit, scientifically-based methods, students who might otherwise fail.
  • District/School Administrators

    • Instructional Leadership Module - This 1.5 hour module addresses five aspects of effective leadership in implementation: knowing and understanding the shifts, setting a vision for college and career readiness, developing clear metrics to guide the work, building capacity in schools, and staying engaged.
  • Teachers & Reading Coaches

    • ELA/Literacy Shifts Module - This 1–2 hour module is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of the key shifts required by the standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. We recommend it as a foundation for any professional development in ELA/Literacy.

Reading Research

Notable Books

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Last updated on June 30, 2014