Team Leader: Traci Boyles, Director of Elementary Education
Research is clear that students who are not proficient readers by third grade are more likely to struggle academically, greatly reducing their chances of graduating from high school, going to college, or successfully participating in a 21st century high-skill economy. This is not an English Language Arts issue alone; students who are struggling readers are less able to access content in all areas of learning, including science and mathematics. (SC State Reading Plan, 2015) Students in Pickens County historically have exceeded the state level in reading and writing performance. This has continued to be the trend in spite of changes in standards and assessments during the last ten years; however, the gap between the state and district is closing.
In order to achieve our district goal of being a top 5 district in the state our Literacy Leadership Team has outlined expectations for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition the team will develop a District Reading Plan that is aligned with the SC State Reading Plan for submission in spring of 2016. We will implement the elements of the Read to Succeed Law and SC College-and Career-Ready Standards through the SDPC Balanced Literacy Model to support the development of proficient readers, writers, and communicators who are college and career-ready!