eSchool News: Last year, Chemawa Middle School faced a huge literacy need. We are a Title I school in Riverside, Calif., and state assessment data showed that 62 percent of our 907 students did not meet grade-level standards. The NWEA MAP assessments indicated severe readability issues: 19 percent of students scored at a Kindergarten or first-grade Lexile level. The data was overwhelming, as it revealed that many students read at least two or more grade levels beneath grade-level benchmarks.
After analyzing that data, we were determined to personalize reading and writing to meet the needs of our student population, 68 percent of whom are Hispanic and 12 percent of whom are English language learners (ELLs).