KINDERGARTEN – 12TH GRADE EDUCATION
3RD GRADE LITERACY
OVERVIEW APRIL 2015
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 the I-READ 3. Prior to September 2012, Fountas & Pinnell benchmark reading levels were used.
- Effective January 2014, collecting NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) data as a second data point.
Baseline Spring 2012: 85% (I-READ 3)
|2012||80%||85% (I-READ 3)|
|2013||86%||94% (I-READ 3)|
|2014||—||97.1% (I-READ 3, public schools)
97.4% (I-READ 3, public and private schools)
Source: Indiana Department of Education, 2014.
- 97.1% of DeKalb County 3rd grade students passed the state’s 3rd grade reading assessment, the I-READ 3, in 2014, compared to 90.5% in the 10-county northeast Indiana region and 90.6% in the state.
- While I-READ 3 scores have increased, there’s concern that relying on this single measure may not be giving the community the most accurate picture. Thus, team began collecting NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) data as a second data point.
- Countywide, there was a slight increase in winter 2015 NWEA scores, for grades 2 and 3 (based on language arts).
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
- Along with discussing strategies around using data and ensuring children have access to quality preschool opportunities, the team has decided to focus on parent and community engagement.
- Promoting Follow the Reader, a simple and interactive online tutorial for parents, mentors and educators helping young children become early readers. Go to www.AboutEducation.org. The Big Goal Collaborative made this possible for northeast Indiana.