K-3 Literacy

K-3 Literacy Task Force

Because we want to give our students the best possible opportunity to read on grade level by the end of grade 3, the REACH HIGHER Shasta Task Force agreed to develop a county-wide plan with the following objectives:

 

  • To provide consistency across districts in the expectations for reading and pre-reading skills in grades K, 1, 2 and 3
  • To provide common assessments for Kindergarten and Grade 1 so that students, parents, teachers and the community understand the level of proficiency students should strive for to be considered “on grade level” at the end of each year (Kindergarten and Grade 1)
  • To build a common language around the skills necessary for Grades 2 and 3 students to be considered “on grade level” in reading at the end of each year (Grade 2 and 3).

Read for the Record

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

First 5 Shasta and Reach Higher Shasta have worked together to coordinate Shasta County participation, providing the book and other resources for over 150 readings at free public story times and in classrooms, parks, and child care centers in the community. All local adults and children gathering to Read for the Record will help set a new record for shared reading with children. It’s part of ongoing efforts by both organizations to boost the early language and literacy skills of young children, improving their likelihood of success in school.

Phonic Skills

We are working to train all of our K-2 teachers across the county on the new Basic Phonics Skills Test and how to utilize this new data for targeted reading instruction. We are going to work with Shasta Early Literacy Project and First 5 Shasta on coordinating Summer Slump activities. Lastly, we are working on a series for administrators and leaders across the country on what the county-wide data looks like and how to use it at their site.