Goal Area 2: All Students in 3rd Grade Achieve Grade-Level Literacy

Background Information

The Centennial School District strongly believes in the importance of early intervention in reading, as in other core areas as well. Specific to literacy, the district has taken the following measures to close this gap:

  • A reading specialist has been hired for each of our five elementary schools. These specialists provide ongoing support for students and staff and offer training opportunities specific to identified needs.
  • The goals and outcomes specific to this priority are reviewed by staff regularly throughout the school year. At minimum, three staff development trainings are provided to our Early Childhood through Grade 5 staff each year.
  • Student progress is monitored, at minimum, three times during the school year to determine progress and needs. Students not performing at grade level or beyond are assessed more frequently.
  • Parents receive newsletters throughout the school year that include strategies they can use with their children at home. Parents are also notified if their children are not yet reading at grade level and intervention plans are discussed with these parents.
  • Students who are not showing growth or grade level proficiency have a variety of literacy-based interventions available. Tier I interventions include the differentiation provided by our classroom teachers to accommodate for students needs and to hone instruction to the needs of individual students. There are a variety of Tier 2 and Tier 3 programs and services available to students in the Centennial School District that also address students’ individualized needs:
      • Title 1: This federally funded program serves students meeting eligibility criteria in reading in our two qualifying schools: Golden Lake Elementary and Centennial Elementary. Each of these schools has received “Reward School” status for the past three years based on the performance of their students on State Accountability tests.
      • Special Education
      • Centennial Early Reading Foundation (CERF) Program: This Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) program, funded largely through the State Special Education Excess Cost Funding Formula, represents a district-wide initiative dedicated to proving reading specialists and early reading interventions for K-3 students who are performing below grade level.
      • Minnesota Reading Corp: The Centennial School District is fortunate to have Minnesota Reading Corps at its five elementary schools. These AmeriCorps programs and their trained staff provide intensive academic support to qualifying students during the regular school day.
      • Targeted Services: The Centennial School District offers a wide array of before and after school and summer targeted learning opportunities for qualifying students in grades K-8. The primary focus of this program is reading and math support.

These and other supports, along with specific growth targets, are identified in the District Literacy Plan. This plan is updated annually and is posted on the district website.

2015-2016 Performance Indicators

69.8% of third grade students met grade-level proficiency on the reading MCA. This was a one-percentage point decrease from 2014-2015 scores. The statewide average for third grade also dropped by 1.4 percentage points to 58.3% proficiency.


Goal for 2016-2017

The percent of 3rd grade students reaching grade-level proficiency on the MCA-Reading assessment will increase from 69.8% in 2016 to 72.8% by spring 2017.


Systems, Strategies, and Supports for Improvement