Our mission is to conduct research in literacy that informs policy and practice early childhood through adult. Faculty at CCLD and its partner universities work collaboratively to improve literacy through rigorous research and evaluation.


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The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development conducts research and evaluation to improve literacy in Kentucky. CCLD projects vary in scale, from large randomized controlled field trials to small, customized school-based evaluations. Results are disseminated through reports, journal articles, and presentations.

Literacy Patterns in Kentucky

Literacy in Mathematics: Developing the Skills of Ninth Grade Students

  • 2010 to 2011

    This study investigates the impact of a class that focuses on literacy skills that students need to be successful in math, science, language arts and social studies classes.

    • Jackson, J., Kannapel, P., & Porter, D. (2011). Literacy in mathematics: Developing the skills of ninth grade students. A report prepared for Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.

Evaluation of Reading First: Kentucky

  • 2005 to 2010

    The federally-funded Reading First program was implemented to improve reading instruction for children through core, supplemental, and intervention reading programs. In Kentucky, Reading First was implemented in 74 schools. The evaluation examined the effectiveness of Reading First in terms of both implementation and achievement.

    • Carney, P. (2010). Evaluation of Reading First: Kentucky. A report prepared for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.