Grade Level Reading
We need an increased focus in our schools to make sure all students are reading at grade-level by the third grade. Research has shown that this can make a major difference in literacy for the rest of the child’s life.
- Needs Improvement, Focus and Priority schools should use NSLA funds for programs like pre-K to help promote literacy; these funds are designated to help struggling students.
- ABC has proven to be a very effective program that works to build literacy skills at an early age. We need to expand it to serve more children, and reassess funding structures to meet their needs.
SCHOOL BASED STRATEGIES
- Chronic absence is a major factor for literacy; students can’t keep up with their peers if they’re not in school. We should work with local districts to develop a model policy on chronic absence and use chronic absence as a trigger for Response to Intervention
- We need value assessments for school improvement consulting and colleges of education to ensure that the state is investing wisely in programs that will improve students’ learning.
COMMUNITY BASED STRATEGIES
- We can link together reading programs across the state to identify common needs, share best practices, and develop successful models for improving grade-level reading among students
- Incentives and awards for successful parent engagement will help schools develop more effective ways to involve parents in their children’s literacy, including having parents teach other parents.