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March 2020 Newsletter - Learning to Read

Dr. Scott Woolstenhulme, Superintendent  
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Superintendent Scott WoolstenhulmeEnsuring that every student learns to read is our single most important academic goal because it is fundamental to every student’s success. When students don’t learn to read, they struggle through school and are likely to never graduate. This is why the work our teachers do in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades is so critically important.Graph of students reading on grade level:  Kindergarten - Fall 41%, Winter 62% 1st Grade - Fall 51%, Winter 69% 2nd Grade - Fall 65%, Winter 74% 3rd Grade - Fall 68%, Winter 77%

This year, our students have made tremendous gains in reading thanks to the hard work of our dedicated teachers and paraprofessionals as well as the support of our parents. At the start of school, only 41% of our kindergarten students tested at grade-level; by winter the percentage had soared to 62%. Students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade all made similar gains. We are so excited for what these results mean. It is not just about test scores; it is about the fact that almost five hundred students in our district have made tremendous growth in an essential skill they need to succeed in school and in life.

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