Position Statements

As a worldwide advocate for excellence in literacy instruction, the International Literacy Association (ILA) actively participates in advancing thought leadership for the literacy profession and shaping sound public policy on education. Here you will find a collection of research-based position statements, white papers, research advisories, literacy leadership briefs, and reports reflecting ILA's perspective on current topics and trends within the educational landscape.

Adolescent literacy

Position Statement: Adolescent Literacy


Literacy Leadership Brief: Literacy Assessment: What Everyone Needs to Know

Position Statement: Formative Assessment

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing

Position Statement: Using High Stakes Assessments for Grade Retention and Graduation Decisions

Classroom culture

Literacy Leadership Brief: Characteristics of Culturally Sustaining and Academically Rigorous Classrooms

Common Core State Standards

Policy Brief: Close Reading and Far Reaching Classroom Discussion: Fostering a Vital Connection

Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards

Disciplinary literacy

Position Statement: Collaborating for Success: The Vital Role of Content Teachers in Developing Disciplinary Literacy With Students in Grades 6–12

Education policy

Advocacy Position on ESEA Reauthorization

Advocacy Toolkit: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

White Paper: Frameworks for Literacy Education Reform

Leisure reading

Position Statement: Leisure Reading

Specialized literacy professionals

Position Statement: Multiple Roles of School-Based Specialized Literacy Professionals

Research Brief: Multiple Roles of School-Based Specialized Literacy Professionals

Struggling learners

Research Advisory: Dyslexia

Research Advisory Addendum: Dyslexia: Response to the International Dyslexia Association

Teacher preparation

Preliminary Report: Teacher Preparation for Literacy Instruction

Research Advisory: Literacy Teacher Preparation