Virginia Literacy Act

VA Literacy
(from VDOE - Virginia Literacy Act Homepage)

With the passage of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) in the 2022 General Assembly, Virginia is taking the lead nationwide to improve early literacy outcomes for Virginia’s young learners. Through the VLA, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will support school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance and funding.

Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year:

  • Every student in kindergarten to grade three will receive core literacy instruction based in scientifically based reading research and evidence based literacy instruction, as defined in the VLA. Students will also receive evidence-based instruction and intervention, as outlined in an individualized student reading plan, if they do not meet literacy benchmarks.
  • Every family will have access to online resources to support literacy development at home, and will be able to participate in the development of their child’s student reading plan, if their child does not meet literacy benchmarks.
  • Every teacher will use evidence-based literacy curriculum, assess student learning using approved literacy screeners, use student-level data to inform instruction and intervention, and participate in pre-service preparation or training on evidence-based literacy instruction.
  • Every reading specialist, in consultation with classroom teachers, will coordinate and oversee intervention for students not meeting literacy benchmarks, and will develop and monitor student progress on student reading plans, working closely with families and teachers.
  • Every division will develop a literacy plan, ensure the use of evidence-based literacy curriculum, staff enough reading specialists to support intervention needs, and provide professional development to support teachers, reading specialists, and principals.


Virginia Literacy Act Webinar


Links & Resources

Resources and information to help families and educators navigate the new legislation and understand what it means for teaching and learning in Virginia.


VLP - Resources for Families - Information from the University of Virginia about early literacy screening and learning.

VDOE - Literacy Resources for Families and Communities - Free resources, organized by grade-levels, to help families and communities promote  and build literacy.

VDOE - Family Literacy Webinars - Educational webinars from the state to help parents and families better understand how to support their child's literacy at home.


VLP - VALUE Series - Professional development for reading specialists and teachers on science of reading topics, best practices, and PALS

VLP - Professional Learning Library 

(Readings) - Articles and web pages for educators on teaching within the science of reading framework.

(Recordings) - Video recordings related to the VLA and evidence-based literacy instruction.

(Short Videos) - Short videos related to evidence-based literacy instruction.

(Webinars) - Recorded longer webinars from VDOE regarding VLA and evidence-based literacy instruction

VLP - Virginia Literacy Partners Informational Flyer (PDF) - Information on upcoming changes to the State literacy screening tool used to identify students who will receive additional, evidence-based literacy support.

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