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June 29, 2011

CCSD's Literacy Plan

Students Reading Below Grade Level on MAPAt the Monday, June 27, 2011 Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley provided the first annual report on the district-wide Literacy Requirement and Intervention Policy. The report—required by the policy which was passed by the Board in January 2010, describes the district's literacy academies and shares the results of these types of interventions.

The report reflects that the literacy policy is working. First, Third, and Sixth Grade Rising Ninth Graders graphAcademies bring extra supports, resources, and interventions—led by effective and proven teachers—to students who need them the most. Students enrolled in the academies posted strong gains during the 2010-2011 academic year, significantly reducing the percentages of students in these grades reading below grade level.

Retention (repeating a grade) is not an effective strategy for increasing student achievement. Promotion without supports is also ineffective. Instead, the district's literacy improvement Reading Level graphplan moves identified students—those with the highest needs—into pathways designed to accelerate their achievement through proven interventions, high quality teaching, and extra supports.

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