a Bright Spot?
Bright Spots are schools and programs nationwide using innovative and proven strategies to help low-income children read at grade level by the end of third grade. They use intensive instruction and parent engagement, as well as efforts to combat lack of school readiness, summer learning loss, and chronic absence, to assure kids are proficient readers when they leave the third grade.
The Campaign highlights these efforts because they work – in large urban centers, mid-size cities and isolated rural areas, for families of every racial and ethnic group, and in schools and communities where most children qualify for free and reduced priced meals. The majority of kids served by these schools and programs are meeting reading proficiency standards for their respective states.
Some Bright Spots are elementary schools where students are thriving in a reading-infused culture, while others are programs, in and outside of school, that engage teachers, staff, parents and community members in supporting student learning. All Bright Spots have high expectations for kids, an intense focus on results, and lots of support for students, parents and teachers.
If you want to suggest a Bright Spot for the Campaign, please email Carole Thompson, the Campaign’s chief administrative officer, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At least 70 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARM)
- Steady gains in third grade reading proficiency over 3-4 years, evidenced by state test scores
- Achievement superior to district averages or schools in comparable neighborhoods
- Measurable success achieved by specific programs and/or interventions that could be replicated
- At least 70 percent of children qualifying for Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARM) or similar income criteria
- Steady gains in one of four categories – school attendance, school readiness, summer learning, or K-3 literacy achievement – evidenced by state test scores or other accepted metrics
- Evidence of successful replication or its potential
An Oakland elementary school shows what it takes.
A Boston program turned around summer learning loss.
A Grand Rapids elementary cut absenteeism in half
A Philadelphia initiative promotes literacy gains for low-income kids.