3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading


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The Buffalo, NY, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student readiness outcomes.  The Campaign is working with Buffalo City Schools and is also piloting programs with group of high-poverty schools on the east side of the city.  During the 2012-13 school year the percent of all 109 students testing at or above benchmark in oral language/vocabulary at the targeted schools improved from 49% at the beginning of the year to 62%  by the end of the year.  For the following school year the percent of all 301 students tested at or above reading benchmark improved from 79% at the beginning of the year to 95% by the end of the year.

The local GLR effort in Buffalo is working to promote an aligned continuum for children six weeks to eight years old in child care, preschool, Head Start, into the early grades in City Schools. This includes consistent assessment measures for child literacy development, as well as consistent environmental classroom observations.  Say Yes to Education is creating a student management system to communicate to teachers and staff when students are on track, off track, or at risk. This system will incorporate early warning indicators starting in pre-kindergarten.

The Buffalo GLR Campaign reaches approximately 12,000 low-income children.  The Campaign partners regularly track the following indicators as key measures of its overall impact on student readiness outcomes:  percent of children from low-income families in high quality child-care settings, including publicly funded programs, Head Start and home-based providers; percent of students chronically absent, percent of children from low-income families ages 1-5 whose families read to them three days or more per week; percent of children from low-income families ages 1-5 whose families talk or sing to them every day; percent of children from low-income families ages 1-5 who receive a developmental screening; and percent of low-income parents participating in home visiting programs.  Reflecting on the community’s progress, the local lead, Anne Ryan, commented, “Focusing on the GLR campaign platforms of school readiness, summer learning and attendance in Buffalo means starting in child care and preschool infusing the best literacy practices available and supporting the teachers and students every day.  It means consistent measurement and accountability for student progress year to year.  And it means making sure every child – whether in high quality child care, preschool or the early grades comes to school on-time, every day.  There is consensus in Buffalo – this effort will close the low-income achievement gap by third grade.”

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Buffalo among the following members of the local sponsoring coalition:

  • Read To Succeed Buffalo
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Say Yes to Education, Buffalo
  • Erie County Office of the County Executive
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
  • Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo Niagara All American Cities Committee
  • Buffalo State College
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Child Care Resource Network
  • City of Buffalo
  • Computers for Children
  • Educational Opportunity Center
  • Every Person Influences Children (EPIC)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo
  • CAO Head Start
  • Early Childhood Direction Center, Kaleida Health
  • Literacy New York – Buffalo Niagara
  • Project Flight – Books for Kids
  • The Buffalo Common Council
  • Western New York College Connection
  • Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
  • Emilio Fuentes
  • Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Wellness Institute
  • Western New York Women’s Foundation
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc.
  • King Center, Parent-Child Home Program
  • Buffalo Teachers Federation
  • Erie 1 BOCES
  • Buffalo Arts and Technology Center
  • Concerned Ecumenical Ministries