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3rd Grade Literacy: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2012

Our visionK-12

DeKalb County students attain outstanding performance as measured by academic, vocational, and civic achievement.

What we’ll accomplish
  • Increase the percentage of 3rd grade students reading at a 3rd grade reading level.
  • Increase the civic achievement of youth in grades K-12.
  • Data we’re using to measure progress
  • Percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level as measured by mid-year benchmark reading levels.

Baseline mid-year 2010: 78%

Year Goal Actual
2011 78% 73%
2012 80% 76%
2013 83% TBD






(Source: DeKalb Central, DeKalb Eastern, and Garrett-Keyser-Butler school districts)

Current status3rd grade lit april 2012 graph
  • 76% of 3rd grade students were reading at the 3rd grade reading level in January 2012.
  • In 2011, students in DeKalb Central’s Excel afterschool program (grades 1-5) demonstrated higher growth than what is considered “typical” according to NWEA reading and math data from Fall to Spring. Excel is operated by the YMCA of DeKalb County through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Thirty-one families in the DeKalb Central and Garrett-Keyser-Butler school districts participated in DeKalb Reads in Fall 2011. DeKalb Reads is a two-part parent literacy workshop series designed to help parents help their kindergarten-age children become readers and writers.
  • 61 Kindergarten – 3rd grade students countywide are matched with HOPE mentors (43 in October 2011).
  • 230 1st – 5th grade students are enrolled in the Y’s Excel after school program in partnership with DeKalb Central school district (140 in October 2011).

3rd Grade Literacy Road Map PDF