How do we define this indicator?
Third grade reading is the percentage of students who achieve the “Meets Grade Level” standard on the STAAR third grade reading exam by answering 76 percent of questions correctly. Read Fort Worth also monitors the nationally, normed NWEA MAP Reading Growth and Reading Fluency assessments. MAP is a formative evaluation tool administered three times per year that provides more frequent monitoring of student progress to inform interventions throughout the course of the academic year.
Where do we get this data?
State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) data is provided by Texas Education Agency (TEA). NWEA MAP Reading Growth and Reading Fluency data is provided through our data sharing agreement with Fort Worth ISD.
Why is this indicator significant to our goal?
Data shows that students who do not read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. By some estimates, every student who walks out of the classroom without a high school diploma will earn approximately 40 percent less than those workers with a bachelor’s degree (U.S. Department of Education, 2012), consequently costing our society $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010).