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Reading Well by 3rd Grade

Bloomington Public Schools #271 Local Literacy Plan

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.

Statement of Goals and Objectives

This plan focuses the district’s literacy efforts in the following areas to ensure all students in grades K-3 are proficient in reading:  

  • Providing a range of supports to ensure all students have access to a high quality preschool experience and a successful transition from PreK to K
  • Improving PreK-3 teachers’ capacity to meet the needs of all students through targeted professional development that helps teachers use data from student assessments to inform instruction and provides them with evidence-based strategies to enhance the effectivess of core instruction, interventions, and enrichment based on assessed student need
  • Expanding the availability and ease-of-use of student data,  and ensuring that information is available to teachers and other stakeholders, including disaggregated results of student assessments, and growth data PreK through grade 3
  • Providing outreach, education, and support to parents to increase their capacity to support their children’s literacy development at home.

Students are proficient when they are able to read grade level texts representative of the levels outlined in the text complexity bands of the MN Academic Standards in English Language Arts/Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies Science, and Techcnical Subjects accurautely, fluently, and with comprehension and demonstrate mastery of state standards using the process and tools described below.

Bloomington Literacy Plan

Related Resources & Links

PreK-Grade 5 English Language Arts Standards
Individualized Goal Setting Charts
Example of parent notification letter
Minnesota Department of Ed Reading Well by 3rd Grade