Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

State reading initiative shared with school board Tuesday


January 23, 2020

Early literacy is a focus of Tennessee Department of Education for 2020 as the commissioner aims to increase third grade reading proficiency to 75 percent by 2025. GRADES 3-5 Current Stats for ELA (English/Language Arts, includes Reading): Statewide: 35.6% Lewis County: 38.2% South Central TN: 30.9%

With goals for at least 75 percent of third graders to be proficient readers by 2025, the Tennessee Department of Education rolled out Read to Be Ready in 2016.

Lewis County Schools did not adopt the program, Supervisor of Teaching and Learning Pat Couch explained to members of the Lewis County School Board last Tuesday, January 14, 2020. "And we outscored districts who used it."

All members of the board were present with Chairman Glenda Atkinson presiding.

As it goes with state programs, the Read to Be Ready initiative was replaced with Science of Reading. New commissioner, new program.


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