Midyear elementary school reading assessments up 22%

(The Center Square) – Midyear elementary school reading assessments in 2023-24 are up 22%, education leaders told the state Board of Education in its Wednesday meeting.

The 2021 Excellent Public Schools Act required all K-5 literacy educators to be trained in the science of reading. The national rate is just 13%.

“Elementary educators have been putting the science of reading into practice throughout the past three years, and the results speak for themselves,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said in a statement. “This growth and continued progress is critical to ensuring our youngest learners are in the position to read, lead and succeed throughout their academic journey. Improving reading proficiency for students in North Carolina has been a priority for me since I stepped into office, and I’m so proud of what our students and educators have accomplished.”

Reading proficiency has been steadily increasing since passage of the Excellent Public
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