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.


  • 2006 to 2008

    READ KY was a three-year pilot study designed to test the impact of a technology-based approach to reading instruction on adults who have literacy skills below the fifth-grade equivalency level. The five pilot programs were distributed across the Commonwealth: one metropolitan, two urban and two rural. Two different delivery models were chosen to test a technology-centered instructional model.  One model used technology alone for instruction with a facilitator providing technical and administrative support.  The other model had trained reading instructors supplement the technology.  Outcomes for each model were compared.

    • Goldstein, B. (2008). READ KY. A report prepared for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.

Evaluation of Kentucky’s Early Reading Incentive Grant Program