Early Literacy

Strengthening Early Literacy

Early literacy, which DPS defines as reading, writing, speaking and listening, is essential to building a strong foundation for success in school and in life.

We are pleased to share the Early Literacy 2020 Plan, which was created to help us meet our Denver Plan 2020 goal of ensuring that 80% of our students attain literacy proficiency by the end of third grade.

Research shows this third-grade reading proficiency goal is critically important — students who reach this benchmark are four times more likely to graduate than those who don’t.

We all have important roles to play and the early literacy plan includes strategies that involve school leaders, teachers, literacy partners, parents and the community.

Early Literacy in the News

Youngest Students Show Strong Gains in Reading

  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

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DPS Students Outpace State for Seventh Year

Students in Denver Public Schools are outpacing their classmates across Colorado in academic growth in English language arts and math, according to state test data released today (Thursday, Aug. 17), and this year’s results are the highest gains ever in literacy skills. The results reflect sustained progress in the state’s largest school district, with DPS

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