Grade Level Achievement | Promise Partnership Utah

Grade Level
Achievement

 

Students who are proficient in 3rd grade reading

and 8th grade math are more likely to

graduate from high school and college respectively.

 

 

 

What Needs Our Attention:

50%

of 3rd grade students of color are reading on grade level, compared to 74% of their white peers.

Source: USBE Data Queries

17%

of low-income students are proficient in language arts, compared to 47% of their non-low-income peers.

Source: USBE Data Queries

5%

of English language learning students are proficient in 8th grade math, compared to 41% of their non-English learner peers.

Source: USBE Data Queries

Our Goal:

 

Ensure every child

has access to high quality education,

no matter their race or

the neighborhood they live in.

 

Results:

+7%

more English Language Learners are proficient in Language Arts compared to 2013-2014.

Source: USBE Data Gateway

+15%

more students are proficient in 8th Grade Math at North Davis Junior, compared to scores in 2014-2015.

Source: USBE Data Gateway

+12%

of 3rd Graders in South Salt Lake community schools are scoring higher on DIBELS then the 3rd graders in 2016-2017.

Source: USBE Data Gateway

Our Work:

Partner Reading- Promise Partnership of Utah
Partner Reading

During the 2018-2019 school year, our Elementary Reading Network piloted a structured form of partner reading called dyad reading. After proving to be highly affective in helping both struggling students and proficient readers hone their skills, the network worked on expanding the program. Currently they are training parents, teachers, and after-school program administrators in how to implement dyad reading into their lessons.

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Eliminating Barriers

Our Community Schools have partnerships with local health providers, after-school programs, and businesses to connect students to services they might not have otherwise. This ranges from vaccinations for the new school year to dental care to participation in clubs and camps. These partnerships show that when kids are healthy and engaged, they preform well in school.

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Smart Smiles- Community Schools- reading and math
Student Reading
Early Literacy Bill Passes

During the 2022 legislative session, Promise Partners helped draft and lawmakers passed SB127 Early Literacy Outcomes Improvement, sponsored by Senator Millner. This bill aims to increase early literacy rates for children in kindergarten through third grade via a holistic approach – first focusing on providing teachers with essential training and ongoing job-embedded coaching from literacy experts, and then ensuring that higher education institutions are creating a pipeline of educators who understand the science of reading and are fully equipped to assist students at every level. There is also a community engagement piece of the bill focused on supporting parents and caregivers with strategies and activities that lead to at-home reading and align the bill’s resources to communities with existing cross-sector partnership infrastructure.

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Tutors and Home Visits

Championed by our business partner, Mark Miller, the 8th grade math network studied the importance of parent involvement in math. Starting with programs at Kearns Jr. High, volunteers from Mark Miller Subaru came in to tutor students one-on-one. Then, with training from the Utah State Board of Education, the volunteers, paired with a Kearns Jr. High teacher, would visit a student's home, with the single focus of building trusting relationships between the parents and the school.

Math tutoring-Promise Partnership of Utah
STEM-Math and Reading-Promise Partnership of Utah
STEM programs

In 2018, four of the top ten fastest growing careers in Utah were computer-based STEM jobs. By bringing in programs, robots, and instructors, our community schools are working to spark students interest in a variety of fields. Students learn the basics of web-coding, how to build a robot for competition, the behind the scenes of building a video game, and much more.

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