CCS Summer Initiative Aims To Spark Interest In Reading

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Pouring over data for direction is the task at hand for Columbus City Schools now that they have third grade reading test results.

Breaking down the Spring scores will help administrators determine who needs help and where to put extra resources.

According to the list, at nine of the 74 schools, half or more of the students did not hit the benchmark score of 392.  But at two schools - Colrain and Clinton - 100 percent of the kids are moving on to fourth grade reading.  Clinton happens to be part of a special summer initiative.

Teacher Dana Durdil knows her summer school mission is to rev kids up to read.  "It's all reading.  All third grade reading in the morning,” Durdil explains. 

She calls her students ‘detectives’ and wants them to feel confident in what they’re doing and be engaged in the process.

The objective is to help children who have come to Clinton Elementary from all over the district for its full day program.  They are among the roughly 950 CCS third graders who haven't met state reading score expectations yet.  That means they're at risk of not moving on to fourth grade reading.

CCS Communications Director Jeff Warner says he’s not about to give up on those students.  “We will do everything we can to help accelerate those students (to) get them caught up to where they need to be.”

July 8th is the next testing day, but a bigger goal remains: transform students into lifelong readers. 

Warner says parents must work with their children and support reading at home in order to achieve that goal, adding that “school doesn't happen just during daytime.”

Staffers from Columbus City Schools have reached out to families with children who have to improve.  Their message: you still can enroll in summer school.

Officials have said third grade is the key year because it's when children evolve from learning to read to reading