As written in MN Statute 120B.12, a school district must adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. A local literacy “plan must include a process to assess students' level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs. The district must post its literacy plan on the official school district website.”
Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational experience. Literacy development starts at an early age and is the basis for all academic success. Reading well by grade three ensures that a student has a solid foundation of literacy skills to continue to expand their understandings of what they read, make meaning, and transfer that learning across all subject areas. Instruction that provides the basis for all students to read well by third grade and beyond will help close the achievement gap and ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college and the workplace. From cradle to career, a sustained effort to create quality literacy environments in all of our schools and programs from birth through grade 12 promotes academic success.
Bloomington Public Schools (BPS) is recognized as a statewide leader in developing an integrated PreK through third grade instructional model that ensures all students become successful readers.
Closing the achievement gap requires highly trained and competent teachers who can foster the literacy development of all students. To support all staff in meeting the diverse needs of students and families, BPS is implementing a comprehensive PreK-3 framework to create a seamless continuum of early literacy instruction designed to ensure all students at each grade level PreK through third grade are proficient in reading as measured by standards-based literacy assessments.
This plan focuses the district’s literacy efforts in the following areas to ensure all students in grades K-3 are proficient in reading: