After years of declining literacy scores, Madison schools move forward with new reading curriculum

Jenny Peek:

The hope is that the new curriculum will improve dismal reading scores across the district.

According to the 2021-2022 State Report Card, prepared by the Department of Instruction, only 39.5% of K-12 students in Madison schools were proficient or advanced in reading that school year. The district’s Black students fare worse. In 2021-2022 only 8.8% of Black students were proficient or advanced in reading.

Jackson says it will take three to five years to see results as far as state tests go.

In the meantime, the district will focus on making sure students are excited about their lessons and growing teachers’ confidence in the curriculum.

Briggs says building a district of successful readers is going to take the support of families and the community.

“Well, it’s kind of too bad that we’ve got the smartest people at our universities, and yet we have to create a law to tell them how to teach.”

The data clearly indicate that being able to read is not a requirement for graduation at (Madison) East, especially if you are black or Hispanic”

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