2018 - 2019 Polk Vision Annual Report PV Annual Report 2018_WEB - Page 17

16 Vision Before 2030, Polk County will have a world- class, fully integrated education system that supports the needs of a vibrant, progressive community. Pam Craven, Ph.D. Co-Chair Learning Resource Center Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D. Co-Chair Polk County Public Schools Jeanette Crowley Polk County Public Schools Jennifer Kovac Polk County Library Cooperative Kristi Perkins Lake Wales Literacy Council Colleen Pizzuti United Way of Central Florida Nancy Puri Polk County Public Schools Beverly Putnam Northeast Polk Literacy Council 53% 51% 41% 43% ABOVE: A series of meetings are being conducted around the county to learn more about how to better align literacy supports for students and families. These meetings convene experts in a range of educational fields and address a variety of literacy challenges including reading comprehension, finance, and health. Third grade is an important pivot point in a child’s education, the time when students shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn. Students who fail to reach this critical milestone often falter in the later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma (Hernandez, 2011) 51% Sandy Roddenberry Lakeland Regional Health Kathleen Roehm Redlands Christian Migrant Association Claire Schwartz Achievement Academy Juan Seda Polk County Public Schools Billy Townsend Polk County School Board of Polk County 3rd Grade Students scored proficient in English Language Arts. (2018 Florida Standards ELA Reading Assessment) Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D. // Senior Coordinator, Library Media Services, Polk County Public Schools 2016-17 2017-18 GRADE 9 - 10 % Level 3 or above With this broad support for literacy in our communities, in addition to the availability of the Literacy Resource Directory, we look to positively impact test scores as well as the overall success of Polk County’s children in school and in life.”