Teacher and Administrator Input Sought for Research on Reading Material Selection in Oregon

Dr. Susan Lenski, PSU Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, specializes in middle and secondary school literacy and reading programs. She is currently engaged in a research project on the process of selection of reading materials and instructional programs in schools and school districts in Oregon.  These are very important policy decisions for school districts, and we are using the GSE Policy Blog to alert readers to an opportunity to provide your input into the research on this important topic.  Here is Dr. Lenski’s letter:


Greetings Oregon educators,

We need to hear from you. We represent a group of 34 literacy teacher educators from 14 colleges and universities across Oregon. We are conducting an online survey to find out the reading instructional practices and materials being used in Oregon schools.

Currently Oregon instructional materials laws (ORS 337 & OAR 581 Division 11) state “only basal instructional programs may be adopted by the State Board of Education.”  Publishers of basal instructional programs must pay a fee if they want to have their materials reviewed by the Oregon Department of Education before they can be included in the state’s approved textbooks and materials.

As a group of teacher educators we are interested to see if there is interest from Oregon educators to revise the current instructional materials laws to allow more than “basal instructional programs” to be included on the Oregon department of Education’s approved textbooks and materials (ORS 337 & OAR 581 Division 11).

By participating in this online survey, your voice can make a difference in the future of how Oregon chooses its instructional materials.  Please click on this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OregonReading) and fill out the survey.  It should take 5 to 10 minutes.  It will be time well spent!

Please forward the link to your colleagues to participate, as well.

Thank you,

Sue Lenski, Portland State University