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Park Rapids School's literacy plan has goal of reading proficiency

"Read Well by Third Grade," the Park Rapids School District's literacy plan, was introduced to the school board this week, teachers Jill Stevenson and Vicky Hansen presenting information on "aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment."

The goal is to ensure reading proficiency for all students at each grade level, kindergarten through third grade, the plan states, and to meet statewide reading standards by the end of third grade.

"To measure the progress our school makes toward these goals, an ongoing process must be involved," the plan states. "Staff must examine data through assessment, interpret it and make instructional decisions based upon scientifically based reading research."

Each student will be assessed on levels of comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, fluency and phonemic awareness, Hansen explained. Students will then be placed in one of three tiers, based on ability.

The first tier is "universal instruction," a second is "targeted group intervention" and the third, "intensive individual intervention," Hansen said.

Monitoring will be conducted weekly and/or monthly for the second and third tier students. Data will be collected on a regular basis and shared with parents.

The full plan will appear on the district's website June 1.

In other action, the board:

n Approved hiring Jason Splett as facilities supervisor.

n Approved resignation of Chris Knapp as boys hockey assistant coach.

n Reported enrollment remains stable at 1,523 in April, down four students from last fall.