When I went into the reading coordinators office yesterday to discuss my current (third) quarter’s reading class with her, she thought I was there to complain. I wasn’t. I only needed more supplies, but she greeted me with, “Listen, I know we always give you the low kids, and we always give you too many of them, but you move your kids. You’re the best chance they have to reach grade level.” I suppose she says that to everybody she thinks is about to complain, but I am going to take the praise anyway — especially since she backed it up with testing results.
At the beginning of last (second) quarter I was given twenty-four 5th grade readers who were reading on a 3rd grade level. Fourteen of those children just tested at grade level– not bad for just 45 days worth of work.
Fifth grade as a whole started the year with less than 33% of our students reading at grade level. We are now approaching 60%, with the better part of another semester to go before the big, ugly, NCLB benchmark test — in our case the CRT.
[Excuse me, State of Nevada, your teachers need a raise …]