3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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

Marshalltown, IA

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Marshalltown, IA

The Marshalltown, IA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student readiness and grade-level reading outcomes. Over two years (from 2011-12 to 2013-14), Marshalltown has seen a 6% increase in reading proficiency rates.  Over the same two-year period, there was an increase from 25.3% to 32.5% in the number of children entering kindergarten who met the readiness benchmark score in DIBELS NEXT.

To achieve progress, Marshalltown has implemented a variety of integrated strategies.  The community’s readiness task force has worked on the themes and means for distributing a common set of messages via all home visiting programming, including identifying the common set of skills that would be the best starting point.  Trainings have been completed with community-based preschool providers, in-home child care providers, and home visiting programs.  A three-month series by the local paper focused on each of the three legs of the Campaign, with one month devoted to school readiness. The community also relies on partnership support from other program providers to implement its readiness strategies.

The Marshalltown GLR Campaign reaches approximately 1,600 low-income children in the area.  The Campaign regularly tracks the following as key measures of its overall impact on student outcomes: percent of children from low-income families in accredited child-care settings, including publicly funded programs, Head Start and home-based providers. Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Arlene McAtee, commented, ““Our efforts in Marshalltown have shown, once again, that our community’s greatest strength is its citizens’ willingness to work together to make Marshalltown a better place to learn, work, and live. As we move toward our 2020 goals, we will use this community spirit to ensure our third graders are ready to meet the academic challenges ahead.”

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

  • Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.
  • Marshalltown Community School District
  • Rogers, Franklin, Hoglan, Anson, Fisher and Woodbury Elementary Schools Administration
  • Iowa Public Television
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Heart of Iowa
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation
  • Marshalltown City Council
  • Times Republican
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Center of Central Iowa
  • Iowa State Legislators
  • Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance
  • Marshall County Early Childhood
  • Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center
  • City of Marshalltown
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services
  • Community Foundation of Marshall County
  • Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA
  • Marshalltown Area United Way
  • Marshalltown Library
  • Area Education Agency 267
  • Iowa State University Extension of Marshall County
  • Kiwanis
  • Lennox Industries
  • Juvenile Court Services
  • Iowa Valley Community College District
  • Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area
  • Reach Out and Read