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Youngest Students Show Strong Gains in Reading

 

Denver Board of Education members, Supt. Tom Boasberg and DPS educators gather at Schmitt Elementary to celebrate double-digit gains in early literacy results across the district.

Denver Board of Education members, Supt. Tom Boasberg and DPS educators gather at Schmitt Elementary to celebrate double-digit gains in early literacy results across the district.

Denver Public Schools (DPS) students in kindergarten through grade 3 posted double-digit gains on early literacy exams, as seen by the most recent Colorado READ Act assessments. On Aug. 14, Superintendent Tom Boasberg celebrated this growth with Schmitt Elementary educators, returning for their first day of the new school year. Schmitt educators’ commitment led students to a more than 25% increase in early literacy at the once-struggling turnaround school in Southwest Denver.

“Last year, one of our students excitedly shared with me that he had reached green on Istation (a READ Act assessment), which means he was reading on grade level,” said Schmitt’s Dean of Instruction Carli Shock. “He then asked me if there was anything higher than green, because if there was, that is what he wanted to strive for. Early success fosters future success – our success is due to our dedicated, passionate and talented educators

Districtwide, kindergarten through third-grade students experienced substantial fall-to-spring grade level growth in 2016-17. DPS schools have the option of taking one of four assessments to fulfill the requirements of the Colorado READ Act, which was passed by state lawmakers in 2012 to help ensure all Colorado students are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.

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