The state of Ohio has told Columbus City Schools that 74 percent of students in the district have passed the third grade reading test. Those students will be passed on to the fourth grade.
According to CCS, that’s a 32 point gain over the fall of 2013 results.
Superintendent Dr. Dan Good told 10TV that he is very pleased with the gains that were made since the spring testing.
Good says that third grade reading performance has been the highest priority for the district.
The 26 percent of third graders who did not make the state cut score will have two more opportunities to take the test.
CCS is calling homes where students did not make the mark to move to the fourth grade. If the district cannot reach anyone at those homes, social workers will be sent.
Columbus School Officials say they have taken concrete steps to improve reading numbers.
• Doubling the Districts capacity to serve students in summer school programs as well as accepting late enrollment of third graders into summer school. CCS developed a third grade summer school program specific to students who need to pass the third grade OAA reading assessment.
• Implementing a widespread, research-based teacher development and training model (Literacy Collaborative) to equip teachers with specific teaching skills and intervention strategies, ensuring improvement in the quality of reading and writing instruction.
• Creating an online reading portal which provides model lessons and research-based instructional strategies to use in their classrooms, as well as software to track intervention strategies used for each student.
• Implementing a Reading Buddies program that enlisted more than 800 volunteers to work one-on-one with students to improve their literacy skills.
• Partnering with Columbus Metropolitan Library, which modified its reading program to incorporate the District’s reading model and materials in its after-school reading program.
• Collaborating with District school bus drivers by launching a new program called “Books on the Bus.” In this program, bus drivers handed out books to students to read while en route to and from school each day.
• Providing parents with specific information regarding literacy areas in which their children needed additional support.
• Launching a series of in-person and online parent workshops designed to provide parents with specific support and strategies they could use to help improve their students’ literacy skills at home.