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3rd Grade Literacy: What We’re Doing And What We’ve Accomplished

3rd Grade Literacy: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2016


percentage of third grade students reading at third grade level April 2016


Our vision

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 percentage of students scoring at the 50th percentile or higher on the mid-winter NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessment.
Data we’re using to measure progress
  • Percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level as measured by the I-READ 3.
  • Effective January 2014, collecting mid-winter NWEA data as a second data point.

Baseline Spring 2012: 85% (I-READ 3)

Year Goal Actual
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)
2015 97% 97.9% (I-READ 3, public and private schools)

Source: Indiana Department of Education.

Current status
  • 97.9% of DeKalb County 3rd grade students passed the state’s 3rd grade reading assessment in 2015, compared to 97.1% in 2014.
  • There was concern that relying only on I-READ3 would not give the community the most accurate picture. Thus, the team began collecting NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) data as a second data point. Ideally, a third data point will be added.

Student NWEA scores at 50th percentile or higher April 2016

What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Along with working to ensure children have access to quality early learning opportunities, the team is focused on reducing the loss of literacy skills that occurs over the summer months.
  • Planning a summer literacy effort in conjunction with the federal summer lunch programs in the DeKalb Central and Garrett school districts.
  • Seeking weekly reading volunteers and new and gently used books appropriate for children, ages 5-8 years old. Call Judy for more information, 260-925-0311.

April 2016 K-12 Education and 3rd Grade Literacy Overview (PDF)

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