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Third Grade Reading Proficiency

Reading proficiency standards are an important indicator of whether students have acquired the knowledge necessary to succeed with more advanced classwork in higher-grade levels. A study by the University of Chicago found... Read More

Reading proficiency standards are an important indicator of whether students have acquired the knowledge necessary to succeed with more advanced classwork in higher-grade levels. A study by the University of Chicago found 3rd grade reading level to be a significant predictor of 8th grade reading level and 9th grade course performance, as well as graduation and college attendance.

This indicator evaluates the reading proficiency of mid-elementary readers. Data is available from the state’s Department of Education. Participants are required to report for at least the largest public school district serving the jurisdiction.

Holland, Michigan

**Note Schools that we were able to collect data for between this 2017 report and our 2016 Pilot Programs Report are different. In 2016 we shared data for all of the Ottawa County Public Schools. We were able to get more Holland specific information for this report.**Individual school information was... Read More

**Note Schools that we were able to collect data for between this 2017 report and our 2016 Pilot Programs Report are different. In 2016 we shared data for all of the Ottawa County Public Schools. We were able to get more Holland specific information for this report.**

Individual school information was unavailable for the private schools in Holland through the MI School Data https://www.mischooldata.org/ resource. This data includes Holland Public, Black River, West Ottawa, and Holland Christian.

The City of Holland Public School System is addressing early literacy and specifically third grade literacy in very specific ways. We are in the 2nd year of an early literacy initiative. Recognizing the need to support second language learners (over 35% of our incoming kindergarten class does not speak English as their native language spoken at home, in fact HPS has over 25 different languages); a growing number of students who qualify for free/reduced lunch (3/4 of our K-7 schools are now over 80% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch); and a growing number of students who qualify for special education students, we launched the early literacy initiative. The goal is to ensure that ALL students can read well and independently by the end of third grade. We have hired additional instructional coaches to work with classroom teachers on the implementation of our new curriculum and resource materials. We also provide two different summer school opportunities. This includes Start School Ready, for incoming Kindergarten students and Return to School Ready for identified students in grades K-2.

HPS opened the Holland Language Academy in the fall of 2016. This program builds upon a seven year program in the district to address the language and learning needs of mono-lingual Spanish dominant speaking students. Holland Language Academy’s Two Way Bilingual Immersion Program, is committed to the three fold goal of dual language immersion education; academic achievement on national, state, and district standards; High levels of language proficiency in English and Spanish; and Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity. Holland Language Academy engages students in grades K-7 in the unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills in Spanish and English. The linguistic and cultural experiences of our students are cultivated to develop well balanced bilinguals who can read, write, speak, and listen at grade level in both Spanish and English. Our student body is comprised of 50% heritage or native speakers of the Spanish language and 50% native speakers of English. At the foundational level of our program, students experience instruction in Spanish for 90% of the day at no cost to their developing English language and literacy skills. As the grades progress time spent in English gradually increases to an ultimate 50% English 50% Spanish in grades 5-7.

Some other local initiatives that are aimed at helping to bridge the gap include: Destination Education (http://www.midestinationeducation.org/), Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) (http://laupholland.org/), and Ready for School (Holland, Zeeland, and Hamilton school districts) (http://readyforschool.org/).

According to the information in the 2015 Community Assessment for Ottawa County (http://www.ottawaunitedway.org/sites/ottawaunitedway.org/files/CommunityAssessment_complete_final_9_2_2015_reduced.pdf) on page 19 it states, “In reading proficiencies there is a disparity between the reading scores of Whites vs. Hispanics and of economically disadvantaged vs. not economically disadvantaged. However each demographic group shows an improvement from 3rd to 8th grade of similar proportions.”

The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) reported that the State of Michigan now stores and shares all information by county and/or district through the MI School Data website. https://www.mischooldata.org/

Additional data can be found at: http://www.midestinationeducation.org/uploads/6/3/4/4/63449657/2015_de_community_progress_report_gap_version.pdf

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