Adolescent Literacy

In the 21st Century students will be faced with growing intellectual demands both in the classroom and beyond. Students need advanced literacy skills, including the ability to understand and analyze various texts and to write and communicate effectively and persuasively to succeed in life after high school. The social and biological needs of this group are highly recognized as unique and evolving. Likewise, this age group has its own intellectual and academic needs that are very much a product of their stage in life. It is the recognition of their specific needs and the growing necessity to be life-long learners that drives a dedication to enstilling students with 21st Century literacy skills.

"There is a crisis in American middle and high schools: one in four adolescents cannot read well enough to identify the main idea in a passage or informational text."
—Michael Kamil, Adolescents and Literacy, Reading for the 21st Century