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Board tackling early literacy

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The Rainy River District School Board is making intensive efforts to address early literacy—and the plan for doing so this year was presented by literacy co-ordinators Maureen Ricard and Penny Newman at last night’s regular meeting here.

“We’re trying to make an intensive effort on literacy. Hopefully, we can have an impact on grade three and six testing,” noted Education Director Warren Hoshizaki.

“We want to improve student achievement there,” he stressed. “They’ve been at the provincial average in the past but we’d like to see even higher scores.”

Newman and Ricard explained some of their duties to the board. “The first thing we’ve done is gone out into the schools to support the School improvement Plans and ask how we can help,” noted Newman.

“”Another thing we’ve been doing is helping teachers in the use of exemplars to evaluate at what level their students are reading and writing at,” added Ricard.

“We’ll also help them analyze results to help make improvements in reading and writing.”

The pair also will be attending various conferences, and keeping up with regional and provincial literacy initiatives.

And later this fall, they will look at Education Quality Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment test results from last year to determine a focus for grade three and six testing later this winter.

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