Early Grades Reading

By third grade, reading proficiency shifts from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

“Learning to read” happens when quality early care and brain development meet the teaching of literacy skills from kindergarten onward. If children cannot read proficiently in third grade, they fall behind. And, the academic gap will grow each year thereafter.

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SC Ready, the State assessment, has been used consistently for 3 years, however, scale and scale score changes have only been consistent for the last two years. While the challenges to children in poverty remain clear, looking at specific demographic groups helps to further assess where interventions may be most impactful.  

SAM’s current emphasis is The Four Schools Project with its success guiding the expansion of Continuous Improvement practices in classrooms and adjacent sector partners county-wide. All work focuses on local research + local data -> local action. 


We must ask: What has caused the drop in achievement for our Hispanic students and what can be done to improve results for all demographic groups? And, what causes males to lag behind females in early reading achievement?

We must ask: What has caused the drop in achievement for our Hispanic students and what can be done to improve results for all demographic groups? And, what causes males to lag behind females in early reading achievement?

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