Walton Education Foundation

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more than you learn, the more places you'll go." – Dr. Seuss

Current data shows that only 40% of our fifth grade students are performing at/above grade level expectation. This grant would provide us with the ability to diagnose the difficulties students are facing in reading. We will then use that information to guide our whole group, small group, and intervention instruction. By May, our goal is for 70% of our students to be performing at/above grade level according to STAR Reading, a diagnostic reading assessment.

This grant supports the following fifth grade reading standards:
• 21 literary and informative Florida standards in the four reading clusters: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
• 3 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Florida standards

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Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

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School:
Freeport Middle School 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Brianna Leavins 
Students Impacted:
117 
Grade:
Date:
October 4, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

SunTrust Bank - $798.99

 

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 117

Fifth grade reading teachers utilized Running Records to  determine reading fluency and comprehension levels of every fifth grade student. This allowed students to be grouped according to their instructional needs. We were able to see a dramatic increase in our progress monitoring scores because of this resource. Our fifth grade students increase 9% on their STAR assessment from August to April.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more than you learn, the more places you'll go." – Dr. Seuss

Current data shows that only 40% of our fifth grade students are performing at/above grade level expectation. This grant would provide us with the ability to diagnose the difficulties students are facing in reading. We will then use that information to guide our whole group, small group, and intervention instruction. By May, our goal is for 70% of our students to be performing at/above grade level according to STAR Reading, a diagnostic reading assessment.

This grant supports the following fifth grade reading standards:
• 21 literary and informative Florida standards in the four reading clusters: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
• 3 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Florida standards
 

 

What will be done with my students

This grant will impact 117 students this school year. In the future, all fifth grade students will benefit from the Benchmark Assessment System (Running Records). The Benchmark Assessment System, or Running Records, will be used determine reading fluency and comprehension levels of every fifth grade student. This information will then be used to group the students according to their instructional needs. These groups will be used to plan small group instruction as well as literature groups. Students will be assessed three times a year, or more frequently as needed, to ensure that classroom instruction is meeting their instructional needs and helping them to be successful in meeting the rigor of the standards.

Students will be able to access digital text through the purchased Benchmark Assessment System app on the iPad. This will allow students to quickly complete the assessments and cut down on the amount of time required to complete each running record. The data will then transfer to the Fountas and Pinnell Online Data Manager. This is where groups will be formed based on each student’s current running record data. The Online Data Manager will also compile running record data over the course of the year and help to identify trends in the data. This information will be used to guide data-based decision making in the English Language Arts classrooms.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Students are expected to increase their scale score by at least 90 points on the STAR Reading assessment that will be administered in May. We also expect students to increase 4 book levels over the course of the year. This will be determined by administering running records every quarter. As a result of this project, we expect students to demonstrate learning gains on the Florida Standards Assessment that will be administered in April.  

 

Budget Narrative

The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 2 will be used to determine students' reading levels through both fluency and comprehension checks quarterly. The Benchmark 2 Reading Record App and Fountas and Pinnell Online Data Management System will be used to record reading level data for teachers to access with ease.

The iPad will be used by both teachers and students to conduct the running records and access the Benchmark 2 Reading Record App.

The Benchmark Reading Assessment System, Benchmark 2 Reading Record App, and Fountas and Pinnell Online Data Manager can all be purchased at Heinemann.com.
The 9.7 inch iPad is on the list of approved tablets from the Walton County School District. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Apple - 9.7 inch iPad Wi-Fi Tablet 32gb $329.00
2 Benchmark Assessment System 2 $425.00
3 Benchmark 2 Reading Record App $14.99
4 Fountas and Pinnell Online Data Management System $30.00
  Total: $798.99

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