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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

KINDERGARTEN – 12TH GRADE EDUCATION
3RD GRADE LITERACY
OVERVIEW APRIL 2016

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

K-12

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.
Targets

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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