Goal: By 2020, increase the number of proficient 3rd graders to 95%, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap.
By age 2, poor children are already behind their peers in listening, counting, and other skills essential to literacy.
A child’s vocabulary as early as age 3 can predict third grade reading achievement.
By age 5, a typical middle-class child recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet, compared to 9 for a child from a low-income family.
Goal: Reduce the percentage of elementary students who are chronically absent in the Cedar Rapids Community School District to 5 percent by the year 2020.
Chronic absence means missing more than 10 percent of the school year, for any reason, excused or unexcused. Kindergarteners who miss 10 percent of school days have lower academic performance when they reach first grade.
Research also shows that students who arrived at school academically ready to learn—but then missed 10 percent of their kindergarten and first grade years—scored, on average, 60 points below similar students with good attendance on third grade reading tests.
Goal: By 2020, increase the number of students whose FAST scores increase or stay the same between the spring and fall. To set the percentage of increase for this goal, the team will be working with the schools in 2016 to determine the best measurement tool and set a baseline.
Low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, while their middle-income peers tend to make gains in reading.
By the end of fifth grade, disadvantaged children are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading.
Goal: Assist our community in becoming increasingly informed and responsive to children under age 8 who have suffered adverse experiences or negative life circumstances to help these children improve/increase resilience.
Goal: “Create a culture of literacy within the Reading into Success community.”