Reading Improvement Policy for Arp ISD

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					Reading Improvement Policy for Arp ISD Recommendations made by reading improvement committee members: Diane Evans, Sherry Taylor, Melissa Freeman, Joy Rousseau, Terry Sumrall, Dianne McClenny, Cindy Rivers, Karen Trammell, Carla McCauley, Glenna Marshall

Reading Improvement Program for Arp Schools: Program Description: Purpose: The purpose of the Arp ISD Reading Improvement Program is to help students gain a broad-base background in literature, basic reading skills, develop vocabulary, comprehension, vicarious experiential learning, and a love for reading. Implementation in Curriculum and Instruction Implementation of the reading improvement program begins in the kindergarten and continues through all four-core subjects until graduation from high school. The program consists of pre reading inventories for early years, the Texas Primary Reading Inventory for K, 1, 2 and 3, STAR assessment and other reading assessment that determine the reading level and needs of students. For all readers who have achieved at least a first grade reading level, Accelerated Reading (AR) tests and initiatives will be offered. Guided reading will be offered for all students in Arp schools. All core teachers will stress reading, questioning, writing, and oral communication by blending skills in assignments and in assessments. An emphasis will be placed on obtaining classroom sets of books, high-interest books, non-fiction and biographies, and books for the interest of at-risk populations and ethnic groups. All core teachers will work with their department chairs to create ageappropriate and subject-appropriate reading lists. These reading lists will be submitted to the curriculum director for posting on the Arp Web site and for flyers home to the parents (http://www.arp.sprnet.org/curric/student_reading_lists_by_grade_l.htm ) These lists will be updated each year to reflect current practices. Reading Integration for All Core Subject: All core subject areas are responsible for keeping an up-to-date reading list. Students will be encouraged to read books that will broaden their understanding of science, technology, math, social studies and literature. Each student will be responsible for bringing reading material to class to read after assignments are completed and for dedicated classroom reading time, discussion, and formal assessment. The reading lists will be vertically and horizontally aligned by the core teachers, department chairs, and Reading Improvement Committee. Teacher Involvement: All core teachers will have methods of accountability for students to complete reading assignments and encourage students to have reading materials with them at all times.

Accountability methods will include class discussion, higher-order thinking questioning, oral and written reports, and any alternative assessments identified by the campus improvement committee. Scope of Reading Improvement: Children who are being tested using STAR and/or AR, no matter what grade level they begin their adventures in reading, will continue to be offered these measures without interruption. As an example, when a student in kindergarten begins reading and taking AR tests, that student will be offered AR testing and alternative assessments in every grade level thereafter. Students will not experience gaps in their individualized reading improvement programs in the Arp Schools. All teachers will be aware of reading levels of their students by pre testing and encourage students to read at or above their comprehension level. Student assessments will identify needs (pre-alphabetic, partial alphabetic, pre-phonemic, partial phonemic, sound sequencing, blending, decoding, comprehension, fluency,
contextual clues, etc.) and address special needs in small groups (no more than 6 students) or individualized instruction.

All core teachers will invest time and energy into reading to students, allowing oral reading, guided reading, and implementing classroom sets of books to build vocabulary, comprehension, higher-order thinking, questioning, and on-grade-level oral discussion. Coordination with Other Programs Reading, questioning, writing, speaking, listening, dictation, and discussion will be used to help students gain comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency of thought in all core classes. Book lists for required reading will be coordinated K-12 in all core classes. Program-Impact Measurements STAR testing will be done on all children in the Arp schools in the early fall, at the semester, and at the end of the year. Growth reports will be generated to assist teachers in making individualized growth plans for their students. The number of books checked out at each library campus will be reported by semester to the improvement committee. The improvement committee will meet at least once a semester to determine the effectiveness of the program by developing a needs assessment and implementation plan. Policies The school improvement committee will work with the principals and campus and district improvement committees to design policies and procedures that assist students in gaining reading progress. Alternative Assessments Each campus and/or grade level will use their campus improvement committees to design alternative assessments in conjunction with the AR program. These alternative assessments will align with the research-based strategies for multi-intelligences, multimodal, and “whole-part-whole” approaches to learning

Roles Technical Support The district technology assistant (TA) will be responsible for caring for all the software, student/teacher database, and server applications for AR and STAR. The TA will keep documentation using dates of implementation of tests, new software upgrades, and a manual for assisting in the implementation of the programs. Procedures STAR Testing Each campus will appoint more than one person to be responsible for conducting the STAR tests for the entire campus. The recommendation from the committee is that up to one person per grade level be accountable. No longer will the district commit a single person to be responsible for this duty. Manuals will be kept for training purposes and for documentation of passwords, database use, and accessibility. Each year each group of students is promoted to the next grade level through the AR database. Each year the eighth grade is promoted to the ninth grade. An active AR program needs to be maintained on each campus. Each year the 9th grade Language Arts teachers and the high school library will coordinate the implementation of the AR program. As this class moves up, AR will be added to the instructional practices of the next grade level. A progressive implementation of the program on the high school campus should be maintained. Needs Assessment STAR tests should be conducted each year for all students 1-10th grade. Of the students tested each year, the students who read more than two grade levels below at the “Instructional Level” than their grade placement should be flagged as students at-risk. These students will need to be given interventions using differentiated direct reading instruction. Each campus will identify the direct reading instruction in their Reading Program Description. FUNDING Purchases to support the Reading Improvement Program of the Arp Schools will come from funding sources such as SCE (State Compensatory Education) Funds, Title 1, and local funds. Additional funding will be sought through grants and fundraisers. AR Testing Any reading or language arts teacher will administer the AR tests, and any other teacher the principal chooses. AR tests will be conducted using a teacher password and teachers will be accountable for monitoring. AR Promotions The Tech Department will be responsible for promoting ALL district students in the AR program. This will allow the District Coordinator to keep an eye on students who are successfully passing and those who are not.

AR Editing Authority Three teachers on each campus will be given the responsibility of editing the AR reports. One teacher on each hall or in the labs, as designated by the principal, will be available to edit the AR reports. Adding New Students The Aides will be responsible for adding new students to the district to the AR database. This will allow teachers to concentrate on classroom instruction. Adding Up Alternative Points and Deleting Points for AR Stores The Aides will also be responsible for adding up the AR test points and the Alternative Points for each student and subtracting the AR testing points first when used by the student at the AR store (points spent). Evaluations Each Reading and Language Arts teacher will be responsible for running growth reports and maintaining these reports as part of their student evaluations. These reports will be used by the District Improvement Committee to determine the success of the program and to generate further needs assessments.

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