Our Priorities

 
Growing Moore Readers is working is to ensure all children in our community will read at or above grade-level. In 2015, only 64% of Moore County's children were proficient readers at the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences for children in our community and for our future. To ensure all children read at or above grade-level, we are focusing on three priorities that research proves are crucial to child well-being and long term success: school readiness, summer learning, and school attendance.
 

OUR PRIORITIES

All children will enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
In 2015, only 42% of Moore County’s kindergartners were assessed as proficient or above on the beginning of year literacy assessment. 
Research shows that many children, especially those from low-income families, are less likely to be read to or spoken to regularly or to have access to books, literacy-rich environments, high-quality early care, and pre-kindergarten programs. As a consequence, these children may hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten and begin school already far behind. 
 
All children will maintain school-year gains during the summer months.
In 2015, 66% of students kindergarten through third grade were reading proficient at the end of  the school year. Less than three months later, students retook their literacy assessments— only 51% of these same students were proficient.
Too many children in Moore County are losing ground over the summer months. Without access  to enriching activities, research shows that children can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, these children are nearly three  grade levels behind their peers. 
 
All children will attend school regularly. 
In 2016, 29% of students kindergarten to third grade missed more than 10 days of school.
Too many children are missing too many days of school. These students can ill-afford to lose time on task, especially in the early years when reading instruction is a central part of the curriculum.
 

OUR PROGRESS

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