Read Charlotte uses eight research-based community indicators to track our progress toward reaching our goal of achieving 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025. Our approach was to backward map from the skills all proficient third graders exhibit and identify the precursor skills and behaviors needed to reach proficiency on these skills. These indicators were developed with our four working groups and with input and feedback from the local community, practitioners, and subject matter experts.
Our community indicators measure population-level outcomes representing conditions at the community level (not at the program level). Positive movement on our community indicators indicates increased likelihood of achieving Read Charlotte’s goal of 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025. Given the documented disparities of reading performance across groups of students, we also track indicators by subgroup (e.g. race, gender, etc.). Collecting and tracking this information will be hugely valuable for fueling conversations about community needs, allocation of resources, and specific strategies and interventions to improve early literacy outcomes.
Infants and Toddlers
1. Expressive language: I can express myself with words.
2. Language comprehension: I can understand the words that I hear.
3. Letter knowledge: I know names and sounds of letters of the alphabet.
4. Approaches to learning: I am persistent, curious and want to learn.
Preschoolers and Elementary Students
5. Phonemic awareness: I know the sounds that make up words.
6. Phonics and decoding: I can read sounds together to make words.
7. Reading level: I can read text that is on my grade level.
8. School attendance: I miss no more than 1 day of school per month.