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15 Literacy LEAD Team Aligning with the Strategic Plan of Polk County Public Schools, the goal of the Literacy Team is to increase student literacy proficiency. Following publication of the Literacy Resource Directory, the Team continued researching the contributing factors to low reading and comprehension scores among school children in Polk County. a Literacy Resource Directory Only 44% of Polk County children entering Kindergarten came to school proficient in Language and Literacy Readiness. (2017 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screening) with both English and Spanish Recognizing the important role adult family members play in a child’s literacy In the Fall of 2017, the Polk Vision Literacy Team completed versions currently available development, the Team is considering a variety of tactics intended to assist online. families in improving their student’s performance. An expanded second edition “Family support for . . . literacy is foundational and has a lasting impact on children’s success in school” (Boone, 2018, p. 16). of the Resource Directory is currently in development and Following this premise, the Team is using several key concepts: will be published in Fall 2018. The updated edition will be • LITERACY encompasses many activities beyond reading and writing Spanish and Haitian-Creole. • To best support children in their learning, FAMILIES need SUPPORT To view the Literacy Resource Directory, visit http://portal.polkvision. com/literacy-team • available on line in English, FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (READING & WRITING ASSESSMENT) Statewide Adults who PARTICIPATE in a child’s learning, often enhance their own literacy skills 54% 53% 45% 46% 46% 56% 49% 50% 53% 53% 45% 44% 30% 15% 0% 2016-17 Polk 55% 2017-18 GRADE 3 - 10 % Level 3 or above 2016-17 2017-18 GRADE 3 - 5 % Level 3 or above 2016-17 2017-18 GRADE 6 - 8 % Level 3 or above