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Revisiting What’s Hot 2018

 | Dec 17, 2019

For more than 20 years, ILA has published the What’s Hot in Literacy report. With the 2020 What’s Hot results launching January 22, Literacy Daily takes a look back at what survey respondents prioritized as the top issues in education just two years ago.

  • Early Literacy was both hot and important. It took the No. 1 spot as the most important topic for the second year in a row.
  • Equity in Literacy Education was a critical global issue. It was the No. 2 most important topic in developing countries and the U.S. and No. 1 in other developed countries. The survey defined equity as “ensuring all children get what they need not only in situations of poverty and limited resources but also regardless of academic proficiency, geographic remoteness, and any other barrier to school success.”

    Survey comments suggested that these factors unlevel the playing field, and that governments do not provide supports necessary to overcome the disparities.
  • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships were more important than they were hot. Both topics should be getting more attention.
  • More focus was needed on Teacher Preparation. It was the topic with the highest gap between attention it currently receives and how important it is to advancing literacy. According to 85% of respondents, Teacher Preparation is extremely or very important. Survey comments revealed that respondents felt that new teachers often enter the classroom without the skills needed to foster literacy success.
  • Digital Literacy was the No. 1 hot topic but was not nearly as important to our respondents as other topics (including Disciplinary Literacy). “Fake news” was an increasingly popular topic in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which could explain why people are paying more attention to digital literacy.
  • Formative Assessments was valued much more than Summative Assessments—which falls last at No. 17 in importance.

Keep a look out for the 2020 What’s Hot in Literacy Report coming January 22. In the meantime, share with us on Twitter how you think education has changed over the past two years by tweeting us at @ILAToday.

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