read proficiently by 3rd grade
read proficiently by 3rd grade
The 3rd Grade Reading Action Team was launched this year and is preparing to launch a pilot project which adds reading interventions in current Marin County summer programs! Read more about the project here!
Currently, there are over 1,000 3rd Graders who do not meet this important educational milestone. Most of those students are from low income families or are English Language Learners.
The 3rd Grade Literacy Team’s first project was to work together as a collective to increase the number of K-3rd graders who are receiving quality summer programing with a literacy and parent engagement component. By increasing the engagement of elementary students (and their caregivers) in literacy during the summer, when many students’ achievement “slips” backwards, the team hopes to increase their reading proficiency. (According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose 2-3 months of progress in reading achievement over the summer.)
A group of stakeholders has been meeting since September to review data and develop a preliminary game plan for achieving this goal.
The plan has identified existing summer programs in Novato and San Rafael (LEAP, Kids Club and CAMP University). These programs will work to enhance their programs with literacy and parent engagement activities that would be provided by the members of the 3rd Grade Action Team. We expect to see improvements or maintain reading levels over the summer months. We will publish project outcomes in the fall and we hope to include Marin City and West Marin in next years program!
Marin County Public Libraries - Sara Jones, Director
Bay Area Discovery Museum - Elizabeth Rood, Executive Director
MCF - Don Jen, Director for Education
NUSD- Michelle Stephens, Coordinator of Elementary Education
BACR - Don Blasky, Program Director
Community Member - Lynda Greene
The Freedom School, Hannah Project - Karen Gilbert
AARP Foundation Experience Corps Marin - Judy Kramer, Program Manager
Former CEO, Reading Partners - Michael Lombardo, Community Member
Marin County School Volunteers - Bob Rosenberg, President
ELM - Jane Kramer, President
Raising a Reader - Gabrielle Miller, President/CEO
San Rafael City Schools - Mayra Perez, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction
Marin YMCA - Torrey Kelly, Regional Director of Youth
Catholic Charities Canal Family Services - Carlos Garcia, Senior Program Director
4H University of California, Cooperative Extension - Steven Worker, Youth Development Advisor
Parent Services Project - Balandra Fregoso, Program Manager
Parent Services Project/Marin Raising a Reader Program Manager - Kerry Bacho
San Rafael Public Library - Sarah Houghton, Director
San Rafael City Schools District - JJ Lynch, Coordinator Afterschool and Extended Learning
Bridge the Gap - William Woods, Program Educational Director
Students who fall behind at this point face barriers to their future learning. This can be overcome, but not without the efforts of our entire community.
First-year scores on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) aligned to the Common Core standards showed that 60% of Marin County’s students met achievement targets in 3rd Grade Literacy in 2015.
These new scores establish a baseline against which future results can be measured but cannot be compared with earlier tests, which were based on different academic standards, had different names and numbers of achievement levels, were taken with paper and pencil and were mainly multiple choice.
Wide disparities in achievement among student groups persist. While 74 percent of economically advantaged students met achievement targets, only16 percent of English language learners and 24 percent of low-income students did.
Too many of our children throughout Marin are not developing the skills needed to make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. But how do we know where to best place our resources to change this?
By disaggregating the data to understand how different groups within our community are performing on these key metrics. In doing so we have insight in how best to create systemic solutions for systemic problems.
Over 90% of White & Asian students and almost 75% of Non-Economically Disadvantaged students are in position to successfully make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
Approximately 60% of Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students, less than 25% of Economically Disadvantaged students and only 16% of English Language Learners have the skills needed by 3rd grade for future success in school.
*Non-Economically Disadvantaged - students not qualifying for free or reduced lunch
Economically Disadvantaged - students qualifying for free or reduced lunch