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SJA Reading Scores Well Above  National Averages 

February 20, 2019
By Mrs. Guzman

SJA Reading Scores Well Above National Averages 
In mid-September, our Kindergarten through 8th grade students took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment. This assessment measures individual academic growth and provides schools with grade level averages. The results offer valuable data on how SJA compares to the Toledo Diocese; all based on the fiftieth percentile national norm.

Each grade ranged from 77-92% above the national average.  As you can see our students are doing well!  But we can always do better. During our recent professional development days, our team of teachers discussed ways to ensure the reading success of each student.  As educators, we believe in a cycle of 
continuous improvement which includes evaluation of current programs.  

Currently, one of the biggest components to our reading program is the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program.  The AR program is beneficial for encouraging ongoing reading practice, supporting students at their individual reading level, and collecting data for teachers to plan their instruction. But in and of itself, it is not enough. So we have developed a strong plan to supporting our ultimate goal - improving the students’ reading skills. This is all part of a broader plan to continue improving upon early development of phonics skills, phonemic awareness, and sight word fluency;  ensuring  all students exceed reading proficiency thresholds; and most importantly building a life-long love of reading!

There will be more leniency with student book selection to encourage a love of reading.  While it is a confidence builder for students to work strategically within their reading range, teachers will be less structured about the step-by-step process.   Individual classroom incentives will be offered as well as the 
opportunity for students to earn school-wide prizes and recognition for meeting and exceeding their goals. 

One such incentive is Mrs. Shinaberry’s kindergarten class received a challenge from Mr. Witker to read 400 books by the end of the school year.  If they succeed, they each give Mr. Witker a pie in the face.  The kindergartners  enthusiastically said, “Challenge accepted!”