Literacy Improvements K-12

A significant factor in a child’s success is reading proficiency.  Studies show 37% of 4th graders and 27% of 8th graders cannot read at grade level, resulting in increased dropouts, fewer college ready pupils, and a high cost to taxpayers. In low-income areas, 70% of students read below grade level.  Among adolescents in juvenile detentions, 90% cannot read.  Students who read below grade level are less likely to graduate on time, making them ineligible for 99% of jobs.  Students who do not graduate high school on time are also more likely to commit violent crimes and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

Economic ROI

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, illiteracy costs the United States billions of dollars a year. The NCES and the U.S. Census figure that roughly a third of Americans cannot read at grade level. This creates a significant strain on the economy by reducing the talent pool available to employers, and can translate to the off-shoring of jobs because competent workers cannot be found.

DLA Proposed Solution

Implementation of one of many personalized and adaptive innovative software programs will allow students to work at their own pace to overcome literacy deficiencies.  Integration of technology in the classroom will allow for students to feel challenged while working at their own pace, and help them gain reading mastery that will help them throughout life.

One product uses Diagnostic Assessment to pinpoint student needs down to the sub-skill level by using a sophisticated adaptive assessment and then automatically places students into online instruction customized to their level.  Another is an in-home platform which provides preschool-age children with an individualized reading, math, and science curriculum, with a focus on reading instruction.  It forms a partnership with parents to ensure their children obtain the education necessary to start them on the path to success in school.   One other solution is a simple yet effective points-based reward system of games and tests.  These engaging programs allow kids to have fun while continuously improving their reading comprehension all while giving parents and teachers actionable feedback.

Demonstrated Outcomes

  • Experienced twice the student improvement rate of the control group
  • Showed twice the student improvement rate of other SES programs
  • Achieved the highest improvement rate of technology-based SES programs in Colorado
  • Achieved a 10% increase in the number of English language learners scoring proficient on the English Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Test in grades 3–5
  • In English Language Arts, users of one program had on average 17–34% more students that were proficient than non-users
  • Program successfully predicted proficiency on the New York State Assessment for 85% of students
  • Pre-K students are scoring at the Kindergarten level or within First Grade levels. This is regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic locale, and whether or not the children had additional preschool.
  • 99.6% of one program’s participants and parents would recommend program to friends and family
  • 99.8% of one program’s participants’ parents felt the program adequately prepared their child for kindergarten
  • Student improvements of two grade levels in 90 days
  • Students increased their reading skills on average by 45% after program completion

DLA Literacy Improvement Initiative Template

 Literacy Improvement Policy Template   Download the PDF file

Literacy Improvement Policy Template
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DLA Endorsed Bill Template

 Literacy Improvement Bill Template.   Download the PDF file.

Literacy Improvement Bill Template. Download the PDF file.

Sample Solutions

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 Academic Success: Reading for All Learners   Download PDF file

Academic Success: Reading for All Learners
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 Curriculum Associates i-Ready overview   Download PDF file

Curriculum Associates i-Ready overview
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 Essential Skills Building Blocks   Download PDF file

Essential Skills Building Blocks
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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education