PreK through 3rd Grade Literacy Partnerships
Focus on PreK-3rd Grade Readers at All Levels
Literacy Partnerships at Groves Academy focus on emerging and struggling readers at all levels in PreK-3rd grade because students need to be taught developmentally appropriate literacy skills during these crucial years. Starting in 4th grade, students begin reading to learn.
How our Literacy Partnerships Differ
The way children learn to read and how many teachers are trained to deliver literacy instruction from institutions of higher education are not aligned (2019, Hanford). However, teachers working in schools that establish literacy partnerships with Groves Academy are trained in proven, evidence-based methods for teaching reading and spelling. In addition, teachers receive weekly face-to-face classroom coaching for an entire school year along with ongoing professional development in order to develop fidelity of instruction.
We Are Facing a Literary Crisis
● “There is a serious literacy crisis in our nation. Student reading scores have remained stagnant or dropped over the past decade.” (Erin Richards, USA Today , Despite Common Core and more testing, reading and math scores haven't budged in a decade , Oct. 30, 2019)
● Over 30% of our nation’s 4th grade students cannot read at a basic reading level, meaning they cannot brecognize the printed words
● 65% of 4th grade students cannot read proficiently, meaning they demonstrate competency over challenging subject matter (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2019)
Helping students become stronger readers early can help them throughout their lives.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 70% of all incarcerated adults cannot read at a 4th grade level, so they lack the reading skills to navigate many everyday tasks or hold down anything but lower-paying jobs. (2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.)
2018-19 Results Are Promising
Oral reading fluency data show how a student's reading score compares to their peers and if the student is at brisk of reading failure. Scores are analyzed using published norms based on 6.6 million U.S. students (Hasbrouck-Tindal, 2017).
The students in our 2018-19 literacy partnership schools who completed both fall 2018 and spring 2019 assessments showed promising improvement.
● Partner schools reduced the number of students in 1st-3rd grades considered “High Risk” (0-10th percentile in reading fluency) by 26%
● Teachers in partner schools are closing the gap: “High” and “Moderate” Risk 1st-3rd grade students are advancing at a significantly higher rate than the national average (analysis using of 6.6 million US students Hasbrouck-Tindal, 2017)