Local Literacy Plan
Welcome to the ISD 622 North St. Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale Schools - Local Literacy Plan website. The purpose of the website is to provide parents and community members with detailed information regarding our local literacy plan. Our comprehensive literacy plan is intended to ensure that all students reach their full potential as readers and meet district level reading performance benchmarks by the end of 3rd grade. Visitors will learn about how our balanced-literacy instructional framework supports young readers through differentiated learning experiences, how the Minnesota Academic Standards are embedded into our curriculum at various grade levels, and finally, how students are provided additional support in reading through our various reading intervention programs.
Program Goals and Objectives
Reading Well by 3rd Grade is one component of District 622’s comprehensive efforts towards its goal of having all students reading proficiently at grade level. Progress towards this goal is monitored using data from state accountability tests -- FastBridge Learning’s adaptive Reading and Early Reading measures of reading fluency and early reading skills. School improvement targets for our elementary schools that will indicate success in meeting this goal include:
- District 622 reading performance will improve on the FAST aReading assessment from 44% in Grade 2 (Spring, 2021) to 65% in Grade 3 (Spring, 2022).
- The proficiency gap between Students of Color and White students for all grades tested on MCA III Reading assessment will decrease from a 19 percent race-based gap to 8 percent or less by 2023. The widest Grade 3 MCA reading gap will decrease from 21 percentage points in 2018 to 14 percentage points in 2022.
Similarly, the District 622 proficiency gap between White students and Students of Color has remained relatively steady. However, 2018 MCA III Reading test results show we have been able to decrease from 20 percentage points to 17 percentage points. District 622’s results are under continued analysis.
Strategies for Continuous Improvement in Student Achievement
- Strengthening our literacy curriculum and instruction for all students through implementation of Balanced Literacy instruction.
- Comprehensive monitoring of literacy skills to identify students who may need additional assistance and implementation of a system that responds to student needs with research-based interventions, and monitors the effectiveness of these interventions.
- Thorough and ongoing professional learning in Balanced Literacy instruction that meets students at their current reading level and advances them toward and beyond grade level proficiency.
- Culturally responsive instructional strategies that recognize and respond to the varied learning needs of a diverse student population.