‘Read to Achieve’ tackles literacy

Published 7:04 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Professional Learning Community is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.
Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.
Each grade level (K-5) and content area group (6-12) in Tyrrell County Schools will meet regularly this year in PLCs to analyze data and make appropriate decisions to adjust instruction, Dr. Will Hoffman, superintendent, announced.
The Read to Achieve program is a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, which became law in North Carolina in July 2012.
As a mandate of RTA, reading proficiency is benchmarked three times a year in Tyrrell County Schools in grades K-3 using Reading 3D.
If students do not achieve their reading goals, they are provided interventions and progress monitored in the area of the specific skill deficit.
This data is analyzed in district and school PLCs with the support of curriculum specialists from the Department of Public Instruction.
Comparative data from the 2016-2017 school year shows that during the Beginning of Year benchmark assessment in kindergarten, 61 percent of incoming Tyrrell County students were below or well below average in literacy skills, compared to 45 percent of kindergarten students in North Carolina and 43 percent nationally.