The GLR Campaign recognizes Roanoke, Virginia, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in summer learning and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
Roanoke launched a new summer learning program in all 14 of its Title I schools in 2013. Since that time, the percentage of first graders who maintained or improved their performance on the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening assessment over the summer months increased from 81.6% to 85.9%. In the same timeframe, the overall percentage of third graders reading proficiently at the 14 Title I schools increased from 60.5% percent to 70.6% based on the Reading Standards of Learning assessment. The GLR Campaign also acknowledges Roanoke’s efforts to scale and sustain the results it has achieved. The Campaign is especially impressed with the leadership provided by the public library system and the strength and breadth of the partners involved in Roanoke’s sponsoring coalition.
The community uses a rigorous data-driven approach and has a targeted focus on supporting dual-language learners and children and families who live in public housing.