Louis Munoz Marin elementary school principal Jeffery Keruski told parents last month that seeing fall test results that show his students as among the worst readers in the state was discouraging. Marin is one of several schools with such poor reading scores this fall that Cleveland ranked near the bottom of the state in those preliminary tests, (Patrick O'Donnell/The Plain Dealer)Cleveland's third grade reading failures are severe at some schools and fourth-worst in Ohio, creating deep worries at some schools about meeting Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
How is that we start with good intentions --we want to do the right thing, but execute it so badly it does more damage than doing nothing? Retention in grade will not close the gap. It will increase the 10th grade drop out rate 7 years from now. We need a all hands on deck focus on reading and structured systematic phonics K-3 in every school, every day, every teacher, every administrator, all year; no exceptions, no excuses. --Lou
"...most Cleveland third graders need serious help. And using last year as an indication, only half have a shot at closing the gap.
Last school year year, only half of Cleveland students that scored as Limited in the fall improved well enough in reading by spring to move out of that low rating to the next one up - Basic.
And just reaching Basic's not enough to meet state standards under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The cutoff, which will eventually force students to reach the Proficient standard, is easier this year, but still requires to students to score in the middle of Basic - halfway between Limited and Proficient.
Gordon reminded parents at Marin last month that the fall tests measure students early in the year against what they need to know by the end of the year, so fall results aren’t the full story...."