This update from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is being sent to a few email lists, including past participants in Reading Well by Third Grade webinars, district superintendents, and charter school authorizers. Please excuse multiple copies. We encourage you to forward this to others who would benefit from current information on developing local literacy plans and data submission requirements. For further information not included in this newsletter, please contact MDE staff listed at the end of this document.
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.12 requires all public schools to submit data from locally determined literacy assessments by July 1, 2013 for students enrolled in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2. The data is submitted to MDE using the Data Submission Template accessible through the Reading K-3 Data Upload page. Please remember to download the template, and follow the directions to add the appropriate information before entering any data. Then use the submission instruction document as a step-by-step guide to upload the district information through a secure server.
Districts are encouraged to use the Local Literacy Plan Checklist as a template for refining local literacy plans consistent with the requirements outlined in Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.12. MDE has also recently posted a Self-Assessment Rubric as a tool for districts to use in order to evaluate compliance of literacy plans as a continuous improvement tool. Both documents are available on the Reading Well by 3rd Grade web page. District-wide local literacy plans need to be posted on district homepages and it is recommended that they are updated at least annually.
By regularly assessing students’ progress in reading, educators can identify which students need more help and which are likely to make good progress with quality core instruction alone. This resource includes information on oral language assessments, as well as screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring tools that will help educators be more informed when making decisions about comprehensive assessment processes to identify reading proficiency in young readers. It is available on the PreK-Grade 3 Reading Assessment web page.
For more information, contact:
Kari Ross, Reading Specialist: email@example.com 651-582-8455