ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-08-031

Date Created : 09/17/2007


Co-op Directors
other: Assistant Superintendents
LEA Supervisors
All Principals
Curriculum Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix

Regulatory Authority:
20 USC § 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Lisa Haley

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE-SEU) is pleased to announce a web-based literacy resource to use with struggling readers. The Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix, includes (a) “best practice”, research based curricular approaches linked directly to the Arkansas Frameworks to use with all students, including students with disabilities, to maximize total literacy success; (b) probes to assist teachers in functional analysis of possible deficits in literacy, linked to (c) sample lessons providing a framework to address a particular skill deficit. These lessons include Tier II, III, IV and V interventions to use when students are not acquiring critical skills in these curricula and need different and/or more intensive strategies to facilitate mastery across the five essential elements of literacy.


The completion of the Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix was supported by the State Improvement Grant received from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (H323A030002). Content and any opinions or recommendations reflected in this tool do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Department of Education, and such endorsement should not be inferred.

As with any document involving the identification and integration of research-based interventions developed by multiple authors in the field, great care has been taken to appropriately reference these authors’ work and to respect the copyright of all materials. Nonetheless, if any author or representative believes that a different level of acknowledgement is due, the party is invited to contact the ADE-SEU directly so that any issue caused by any inadvertent oversight may be addressed and the necessary full credit given.

The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit would like to express sincere gratitude for the expertise and dedication of the members of the ADE-SEU Literacy Task Force (2004-2006). Due to the hard work and commitment to the children of Arkansas, there is now an outstanding resource that teachers across the state, and possibly the nation, will be able to implement in their classrooms so all students can be successful learners.


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