Early Literacy Intervention
Uninterrupted reading for elementary students makes waves for one Michigan district.
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools is a rural district with a poverty rate of over 70 percent, and a high population of homeless students.
So a few years ago, the district made a concerted effort in personnel and programming to meet the goal of all students reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Ovid-Elsie was one of the first districts in the state to move to an all-day kindergarten program six years ago, and to employ a full-time literacy coach.
The district implemented a 90-minute uninterrupted reading block for all elementary students, and a 30-minute session each day for students grouped according to ability level. Students with the highest needs receive an additional 30 minutes of instruction using a blended learning approach.
Teachers review student data to create individualized learning plans and provide interventions for the highest-need students. Parents, school psychologists, social workers, special education teachers and principals are involved in intervention plans.
From 2009-10 through 2013-14, third-graders averaged over 85 percent proficient on state reading tests. The state has since moved to a new test, and Ovid-Elsie’s results are still higher than the state average.