Reading Success Dashboard Guide

Reading Success Dashboard Guide

You can download this guide here or view it below.

Our first screen, Imagine 2025, was designed to invest our community in our progress to goal. This graph shows the 2016 3rd Grade End of Grade Reading proficiency for the last 3 years for CMS schools. On the y-axis, you can see the numbers represent the percent of 3rd graders who are reading proficiently (Level 4 or 5) for a given year.

When you “Click here to see progress to goal” button, you can see the progress to our goal and our 2016 3rd Grade End of Grade percentage.

If you wanted to see the progress for a specific school, you can click on the drop down menu and click on a school of interest. You can then go back to the Click Here button to see the gap. If you were a tutoring program or school partner, you could use this number to better understand how you might align the number of tutors, volunteers, or resources needed to support a given school.

All CMS schools and charter schools in Mecklenburg County are included in the drop down. Please note that some schools might have opened in 2016 or 2015 and might not have 3 years of data.

In addition to viewing one school at a time, you can also see schools within the context of the larger system by clicking on the Compare Charlotte tab.

You can select a school by clicking on the top left part of the graph below the help text.

You can now see where a given school is in the larger context of the system of 3rd grade reading proficiency in Mecklenburg County.

You can also click on the drop down menu for year to see previous years of data.

On each screen, we have a Learn More button which explains more details about the data, the assessment and why it matters.


Building skills to read proficiently begins well before 3rd grade. Our Reading Pathway screen demonstrates this pathway using formative assessment data from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Across the top of the screen, in the blue boxes, you can see the continuum from birth to 3rd grade.  You can navigate through these screens to see the age-appropriate reading success indicators and to see the progression from learning to read to reading to learn.

The next screen is focused on Closing Gaps. Our community goal is to increase the reading proficiency from 39% to 80% by 2025 and to narrow gaps between subgroups. This screen helps us understand our progress and will be updated twice a year with the same Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools formative assessment data as the last screen. As you navigate through the birth-through third progression, the age appropriate reading success indicators will be enabled on the vertical navigation pane.

You can also click through this for All Students, Male Students and Female Students. You can see these differences by gender and race. You can also see the average for all CMS students within that grade level on the middle right of the graph.

The Compare Charlotte screen helps us benchmark our progress on the National Assessment for Educational Progress for 4th Grade Reading against other districts and states. It is important to keep in mind that in 2015 Charlotte was statistically tied at the top for fourth grade reading proficiency with 5 other large urban districts: Miami-Dade (Florida), Hillsborough County (Florida), Jefferson County (Kentucky), Austin (Texas) and Duval County (Florida). As you click on the menu on the left, you can see how the trend lines are similar and different for student subgroups.

When you select from the dropdown menu, you can select one of two locations: the state of North Carolina and Large Urban City, which includes NAEP cities with populations of 250,000 or more.

Our dashboard currently does not support missing data. If you’re interested in additional districts, please click Learn More to get additional information for districts with incomplete datasets (i.e., data was not available for years 2003-2015). This bring us to our final screen, Take Action. Here you can see CMS elementary schools color coded by their need to improve 3rd grade reading proficiency. The darker the color of red, the lower the reading proficiency and the higher the need. The legend in the top left can help you navigate the range and corresponding color.

You can zoom in and out of the the map using the plus and minus signs in the bottom right corner of the map.

You can now click on a bubble to see a school’s address, 2016 EOG reading proficiency and the number of K-3 students. We hope these numbers can be used by community partners to better align services and resources.

If you were curious or interested in learning more contextual information about the surrounding neighborhoods, you can click on the button below to learn about the surrounding neighborhoods to view the Quality of Life Explorer.

You can also click on the Take Action button available at the bottom of each screen. This will take you to a webpage where you can find ways to continue learning, opportunities to be empowered to advocate, and to give and connect.

If you have any feedback, questions, or challenges with the Reading Success dashboard, please click the link in the top right of any page (below the green toggle screens) to be directed to fill out a feedback form that goes directly to the Read Charlotte team.