As standards and accountability have become an increasingly prominent feature of the educational landscape, educators have relied more on remedial and intervention programs to help low-achieving students meet minimum academic standards. The premise of many of these programs is a one size fits all approach; the assumption being that they are not able to perform on grade level. One of the assumptions is that students scoring level 1 have never had success on FCAT.
Regression data reveals an interesting set of facts. 2010 results show that more than 50% of students scoring level 1 in 10th grade have also previously scored level 3 or above in reading. According to Stuart Greenburg, Director of Just Read, Florida! it is statistically impossible to guess your way to Level 3 or higher. So the implication is that at some point in time, many of these 10th grade students currently in school based interventions, have shown potential for being able to read, comprehend and perform on grade level. So the challenge is how to narrow the discrepancy between potential and performance.
This year, the NEFEC instructional department formed Team Read, in partnership with Just Read, Florida! Team Read members conducted regional professional development with members of JRF! staff, and offered site-based support to schools with needs in the area of intervention. Team Read, along with members of NEFEC's instructional team are joining FLDOE in conducting NGCAR-PD train-the-trainer sessions across the state this summer. TeaTeam Read