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.


Literacy Leadership Brief: Literacy Assessment: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017)

Literacy Leadership Brief: The Roles of Standardized Reading Tests in Schools (2017) New!

Disciplinary literacy

Position Statement: Collaborating for Success: The Vital Role of Content Teachers in Developing Disciplinary Literacy With Students in Grades 6–12 (2015)

Literacy Leadership Brief: Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy: Strategies and Frameworks (2017) New!


Literacy Leadership Brief: Characteristics of Culturally Sustaining and Academically Rigorous Classrooms (2017)


Research Advisory: Dyslexia (2016)

Research Advisory Addendum: Dyslexia: Response to the International Dyslexia Association (2016)

Early literacy

Literacy Leadership Brief: Early Literacy Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Children: Parents' Critical Roles (2017)

Literacy Leadership Brief: What Effective Pre-K Literacy Instruction Looks Like (2018) New!

Education policy

Advocacy Position on ESEA Reauthorization (2016)

Advocacy Toolkit: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (2016)

White Paper: Frameworks for Literacy Education Reform (2016)

English learners

Literacy Leadership Brief: Second-Language Learners' Vocabulary and Oral Language Development (2017)

Equity in literacy education

Literacy Leadership Brief: Overcoming the Digital Divide: Four Critical Steps (2017)


Literacy Leadership Brief: Explaining Phonics Instruction: An Educator's Guide (2018) New!

Specialized literacy professionals

Literacy Leadership Brief: Literacy Coaching for Change: Choices Matter (2018) New!

Position Statement: Multiple Roles of School-Based Specialized Literacy Professionals (2015)

Research Brief: Multiple Roles of School-Based Specialized Literacy Professionals (2015)

Teacher preparation

Preliminary Report: Teacher Preparation for Literacy Instruction (2015)

Research Advisory: Literacy Teacher Preparation (2017)


More information

Please visit the Literacy Research Panel page for a list of its current projects.

Also see our Archive of Position Statements & Papers.

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