Third Grade Reading
Reading skills at the end of third grade are one of the strongest predictors of student success for years to come. Reading can open doors to increased opportunities for learning. Our Third Grade Reading Action Team, made up of teachers, literacy coaches, school and community leaders, works to support schools and teachers as they accelerate reading achievement across Summit County. There are three strategies for increased success in this area.
Identify schools or communities with the greatest need for literacy development support. Data partnerships with each of the school districts in Summit County allow our team to study aggregate counts of the number of students in need of specialized reading support and improvement monitoring. These aggregate numbers help the action team to identify schools with the highest numbers of students in need of support. Success on this strategy is measured by our ability to reduce the number of students in need of a Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan in future years.
Increase teacher capacity through literacy coaching. Effective coaching is one of the best ways to make reading achievement sustainable. Literacy coaches, trained and supported through The University of Akron’s Center for Literacy, work directly with teachers in the schools to model lessons, provide feedback and develop new resources that target student needs. We measure the success of this strategy through teacher and principal feedback in schools and classrooms where coaching has been delivered.
Identify and replicate effective volunteer tutoring programs. Summit County students are fortunate to have many caring adults who want to support student success. There are many tutoring programs and models that exist across the county. We are working to identify and replicate the characteristics of the most effective volunteer programs. This strategy will be successful when all volunteer tutoring programs have similar characteristics in grades K through 3, and when we can demonstrate significant gains in reading achievement among the students who receive that tutoring.