Early, aggressive literacy intervention needed for District 100 success
South Berwyn School District 100 recognizes that if we are going to succeed in our vision of being in the top 25 percent of school districts statewide, we must focus on early, aggressive literacy intervention.
Educators have long known the importance of students’ ability to read at grade level by third grade. We know that before third grade, students generally are learning to read, while in third grade and beyond, students are spending more time reading to learn.
A report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2012 revealed some startling statistics in one of the first national studies that calculates high school graduation rates for children at different reading skill levels and with different poverty rates. We now know that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade fail to graduate from high school on time. In addition, factors such as race and income have a significant impact on reading proficiency. Many children in the District 100 community are facing what the foundation calls “double jeopardy.”
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