Quad Cities, IA
The Quad Cities, IA, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student summer outcomes. Participants in the Quad Cities Summer Enrichment Program saw a 9.3% increase in pre-post testing comparisons, while students in control groups only showed 0.5 – 5% gains.
The Doris and Victor Day Foundation, one of the local partners in the Quad Cities’ Campaign, has helped three local school districts create and implement the Summer Enrichment Program model, complete with standards of service, curriculum, and pre-post test assessments. The model is fine-tuned each year based on the outcomes data from the previous summer. In two other school districts, another campaign partner agency — United Way of the Quad Cities Area – has funded a pilot implementation of the myON Reader system: an online summer reading program which tracks not only how much time each student has spent reading, but also any increases in student reading abilities over the course of the summer.
The Quad Cities GLR Campaign’s goal is to reach the approximately 12,000 low-income children in the region, in order to help them match the academic achievement of their mid- and high-income peers. The Campaign regularly tracks the percent of children from low-income families who participate in pre-K high-quality summer learning opportunities that include a literacy or pre-literacy component as a key measure of its overall impact on student outcomes. Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Scott Crane, commented, “The Campaign has been a great asset in helping us move our community partners to action. Without the Campaign, we would have still tried to accomplish all that we have been able to, but it would have taken much longer.”
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Quad Cities, with special recognition to United Way of the Quad Cities Area for serving as the coordinator of all grade-level reading work among local school districts, community organizations, and funders.