Transforming Maryland: Going From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn
Maryland’s Strategic Plan for education underscores the pivotal role of literacy through its “Ready to Read” priority, reflecting a commitment to ensuring that every student not only learns to read but also develops proficiency to read for comprehension and knowledge acquisition. The development and mastery of early literacy skills are a strong predictor of later school reading and math achievement.
Educators are witnessing notable improvements in student achievement, as statewide proficiency rates in English Language Arts (ELA) have reached their highest point in nearly a decade for the school year 2022-2023*. A standout example is the literacy proficiency rate for third-grade students, which has reached a nine-year high of 48%. These figures represent more than just statistics; they reflect the success stories of individual children. For third graders, achieving and sustaining proficiency in literacy marks a significant milestone in their journey from learning to read to reading to learn.
As Beaver Run Elementary continues to thrive with the Science of Reading, it stands as a model for educational institutions aspiring to enhance their literacy programs. The success achieved through a commitment to systematic, evidence-based instruction, combined with the catalytic support of initiatives like Maryland Leads, paints a promising picture for the future of literacy education in Maryland. The transformative impact of the Science of Reading is not merely theoretical but a practical and replicable framework for fostering a generation of proficient readers.
*Based on 2022-2023 MCAP data.
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