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Early Literacy

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Every Student Reads Initiative (ESRI) strives to reach the goal of ALL students reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Resources align with an "all in" approach to address early literacy. Students who enter the fourth grade at or above level are best prepared for future success. All students reading competently by fourth grade will change the trajectory of many students.

Key Strategies
          
  • Create a scope and sequence of Orton-Gillingham (OG), Units of Study in Writing, and new reading curriculum to create a comprehensive structured literacy program for students in grades TK-5.
  • Designate and implement a universal screener in reading TK-5.
  • Implement newly adopted California standards-aligned reading instructional materials for elementary in the 2022-23 school year.
  • Continue to monitor, calibrate, and discuss ESRI progress through monthly districtwide elementary principal meetings and guided classroom observations.
  • Increase comprehensive and dynamic professional learning opportunities for all TK-5 educators.
How will we measure progress? (Key Performance Indicators)
          
  • Demonstrate a 5% increase in students meeting or exceeding end-of-year benchmarks in reading each year for the next three years beginning with the 2021-22 Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) administration, for K-5 grade Hispanic, African American, and Pacific Islander groups, and students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate a 3% increase in the percentage of students scoring "Near or Above Standard" in reading at the end of 2021-22, a 4% increase at the end of 2022-23, and a 5% increase at the end of 2023-24 beginning with the 2021-22 SBAC administration, PAUSD's third-grade socio-economically disadvantaged (SED), Historically Underrepresented (HUR), English Learners (EL), and students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate a 3% increase in the percentage of students scoring "Met or Exceeded Standard" in English Language Arts (ELA) at the end of 2021-22, a 4% increase at the end of 2022-23, and a 5% increase at the end of 2023-24 Beginning with the 2021-22 SBAC administration, PAUSD's third-grade SED, HUR, EL, and students with disabilities.
Goal Progress
          

Follow the progress report to the board