(2005) The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has committed to support states in improving adolescent literacy achievement.

The issue of literacy goes to the heart of what NASBE and state boards consider their essential work—instituting standards-based reforms that ensure students are well-prepared to meet the demands of employment, advanced training, and civic participation. NASBE has done extensive work on this issue, first convening a year-long study of adolescent literacy in 2005, culminating in a final report disseminated nationally, Reading at Risk: The State Response to the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy. The report outlines recommendations for policymakers that frame a new approach to meeting this national crisis—one based on joint problem-solving, collaborative practice, and collective accountability that engages students in purposeful reading and writing in all subjects being taught.