Salt Lake (Clearfield, Kearns, Park City and South Salt Lake), Utah
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and National Civic League recognize Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding communities of Clearfield, Kearns, Park City and South Salt Lake as a 2017 finalist for the All-America City Awards. Salt Lake is cited for reporting measurable progress in school readiness, summer learning and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families, as well as for exemplary efforts in promoting civic engagement and inclusion. A broad coalition of 37 businesses, government institutions, faith groups, nonprofit organizations, school districts and institutions of higher education comprise the Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC), which is working collectively to improve outcomes for children in the four-school-district region. The partnership includes full-service community schools that address student and family needs as well as integrated service delivery in several low-income housing communities. There, coalition members respond to the needs of refugee and immigrant youth by assisting new arrivals with academics, quality out of school time and parent engagement. School readiness data from Granite School District reflect an increase from 46 percent of low-income kindergartners ready at the beginning of the year in 2012–13 to 47.4 percent ready at the beginning of the year in 2015–16. In 2016, the Elementary Reading Network worked with teachers and afterschool providers to pilot high-quality literacy instruction during summer months. This framework for integrated summer programming eliminated summer learning loss for students who participated for 20 or more days. Low-income students in Granite School District have realized a 6 percent increase in third-grade reading, from 50 percent in the 2013 school year to 56 percent in 2015. The collective efforts of the many partners engaged in improving conditions for students and their families are clearly driving the noteworthy education improvements happening throughout the Salt Lake region.