Perhaps the most critical of the Partnership’s 11 cradle-to-career indicators is a child’s ability to read on grade level by 3rd grade. A child’s ability to read—or not—is a dramatic indicator of a 3rd grader’s chance of graduating from high school and going on to college.
In Dallas County, only 42 percent of 3rd graders read at grade level. After months of hard work, the Early Childhood Support Council is excited to announce that it has identified two Dallas ISD feeder patterns as a starting for collaborative action impacting early literacy.
District leaders and principals in the South Oak Cliff and Molina High School feeder patterns of Dallas ISD have been engaged in intensive campus-level action planning for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Informed by unprecedented collaborative efforts to inventory and assess literacy instruction and available school and community resources, these plans will impact more than 5,600 students enrolled in Pre-K through 3rd grade across 14 elementary schools.
While data collection and action plans are still in development, there has been a strong interest in improving Pre-K access, balanced literacy instruction and professional development, school culture and parent engagement. In the months to come, we look forward to sharing more detailed information and opportunities to contribute.