What Does the Data Tell Us?
Activities designed to bolster literacy skills will be most effective if you first seek to understand the needs of your students by reviewing available data. For example, most state websites post reading proficiency rates for students in grades three to eight for all public schools. If you take a little time to dig into the data, these results give you an overall picture of how many of the students in a particular grade can read on grade level.
But an even more powerful strategy might be to collaborate with school staff in order to acquire individual reading assessment performance for each of the students in your program. This data can tell an important story about what you can expect a particular child to be able to do, and how your staff can help them gain new skills and strategies for becoming a better reader, writer and thinker.
Reflect on This
Use My Notebook to record the URLs of the school, district and state websites that might contain valuable literacy assessment data, and the names and titles of key literacy partners who can share reading data with your program.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding