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Upper elementary students reading a chapter book together.

The capacity to read, write, speak, and listen in a way that facilitates efficient communication and helps us make sense of the outside world is known as literacy. With the passage of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) in the 2022, Virginia is taking the lead nationwide to improve early literacy outcomes for Virginia’s young learners. Through the VLA, the Virginia Department of Education is supporting school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance and funding.

VLA Implementation Playbook

As school divisions continue to engage in the regional literacy network implementation series and prepare for full implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act, the Department has created a playbook that will serve as a companion framework to help guide decision making and assist school division leadership teams in mapping out their implementation plan when they return to their divisions. The VLA Implementation Playbook is designed to meet every school division where they are in the process and will aid in providing a roadmap for a successful 2024-2025 school year.

Virginia Literacy Act Implementation Playbook

Everybody Reads

Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Virginia Public Media along with the University of Virginia has developed incredible resources for parents as part of the Literacy Act. We are happy to share these resources with you. Visit Reading Doesn’t Just Happen to learn about ways to support your child’s literacy. 

Upper elementary students reading a chapter book together.

VDOE Standards of Learning Resources for Reading

The VDOE strives to provide the best resources to the Commonwealth’s parents. The English program has created an easy-to-understand, grade-level specific chart you can use to support your learners at home and provides a set of webinars for families. Click the links below to access these great resources. 

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Visit your local public library to participate in summer reading programs and activities. To find a library near you and learn about summer reading opportunities, check out this interactive map provided by the Library of Virginia.

Also, be sure to check out DayByDayVA, a platform that provides daily literacy resources for children. Each day, the webpage suggests a book to read, provides song lyrics, video clips, and more to strengthen literacy skills for your child. English and Spanish versions are available. 

Additional Literacy Resources