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Ridgecrest is piloting a new reading program through the American Reading Company to help address the needs of our students in the general education program, targeted at improving student performance. This approach to reading instruction provides teachers with new strategies to increase student literacy development to help us achieve our goal of 100% of students meeting or exceeding grade level expectations.
A key component of the pilot program is to provide our students with a diverse offering of high interest books to read. The program books are specifically aligned to leveled assessments with teachers frequently collecting data on student progress. The Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) framework is used which provides both students and teachers with constant real-time data on literacy growth. Students also establish personal power goals which helps to motivate them to build their reading stamina and skills.
The initial results have been promising as the percentage of students meeting or exceeding grade level literacy expectations has grown from 28% in August to 49% in January. To help keep the momentum growing in the first year of this pilot, Ridgecrest is in need of additional books to support student independent reading. The requested amount of $1500 would go a long way to enhance the classroom libraries of our third and fourth grade students. The books would directly impact around 150 students through their daily independent reading and consist of varying levels of difficulty to support continuous student growth. The additional books ordered through the American Reading Company would also increase the number of genres for students which helps to stimulate student interest to explore books.

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Sembler/WeinPlus Library Book Program

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School:
Ridgecrest Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Katherine Martin 
Students Impacted:
430 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
February 10, 2017

100% Funded

 

 

Only $0.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

Ridgecrest is piloting a new reading program through the American Reading Company to help address the needs of our students in the general education program, targeted at improving student performance. This approach to reading instruction provides teachers with new strategies to increase student literacy development to help us achieve our goal of 100% of students meeting or exceeding grade level expectations.
A key component of the pilot program is to provide our students with a diverse offering of high interest books to read. The program books are specifically aligned to leveled assessments with teachers frequently collecting data on student progress. The Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) framework is used which provides both students and teachers with constant real-time data on literacy growth. Students also establish personal power goals which helps to motivate them to build their reading stamina and skills.
The initial results have been promising as the percentage of students meeting or exceeding grade level literacy expectations has grown from 28% in August to 49% in January. To help keep the momentum growing in the first year of this pilot, Ridgecrest is in need of additional books to support student independent reading. The requested amount of $1500 would go a long way to enhance the classroom libraries of our third and fourth grade students. The books would directly impact around 150 students through their daily independent reading and consist of varying levels of difficulty to support continuous student growth. The additional books ordered through the American Reading Company would also increase the number of genres for students which helps to stimulate student interest to explore books.
 

 

What will be done with my students

The $1500 would allow Ridgecrest to purchase around 400 additional books for students to read and would be housed in the classroom libraries. Half of the books would be in third grade classrooms while the other half in fourth grade classrooms. The books are specifically aligned to the continuum of IRLA assessments and would be strategically placed in classrooms to help promote student literacy stamina and skill development. These books would directly impact around 150 students in the pilot reading program. After receiving the funds, it would take around two weeks for the books to arrive and be placed in classrooms for immediate student and teacher use. 

 

Benefits to my students

Our expected outcome is that 100% our 150, fourth and fifth grade, students meet or exceed grade level expectations in reading. Our 6 classroom teachers and 2 ESE teachers in 4th and 5th grade implement an evaluation process to track success. The progress monitoring plan would consist of three main data sources. The primary data source consists of student achievement scores from the IRLA assessment which shows the progress of student growth aligned to the grade level expectations. The second data piece consists of the students’ overall reading grade for the quarter. The last data source to measure success of the program consists of feedback from the reading teachers concerning the impact that the books have to increase the motivation for students to read grade appropriate books that push their literacy development. 

 

Describe the Students

Ridgecrest Elementary School is located in Largo, FL and serves around 830 students in grades PreK – 5. The school is unique as 400 students attend the district’s fulltime Center for Gifted Studies. This magnet program attracts students from across the Pinellas School District. Ridgecrest also serves around 430 students from the local community in our grades Prek – 5 general education program. A large number of students in our general education program come from extreme poverty as the free/reduced lunch rate is over 90%. Many of the challenges that poverty creates in children are clearly seen at Ridgecrest. For instance, a large percentage of students enter kindergarten significantly behind their peer group in literacy skills. A critical school goal is to achieve all students meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in literacy by the time they transition to middle school to help create a path for success. This grant request would directly effect 150 general education students in 4th and 5th grade. 

 

Budget Narrative

100% of the grant funds of $1500 would be used to purchase around 400 books from the American Reading Company specifically designed for the IRLA assessment supporting students in third and fourth grades general education program. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 400 IRLA books for classroom libraries $1,500.00
  Total: $1,500.00

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