Reading = Student Achievement

For nearly 30 years we have worked to strengthen early education in the U.S. by ensuring low-income student can read by the end of third grade. Our work has countered the myth that children from disadvantaged households have too many obstacles to overcome to reach higher levels of literacy. We have demonstrated that when instruction is expert, all children will learn to read. Across the country we are seeing student achievement data that proves this statement.


Growth at Holm Elementary

Our services can help a good school become great. Holm Elementary in Denver, Colorado is a great example of this. In the 2015-16 school year, prior to working with CLI, Holm scored at 73.5%, qualifying as “Meets Expectations” for their School Performance Framework rating. The following school year, 2016-17, following a full year of working with CLI, Holm scored at 80.94%, qualifying as “Distinguished”, the highest possible rating.

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Strides in Broward County

At Plantation Elementary in Broward County, Florida we made great strides in student achievement. In the two years before CLI implementation, there was steady improvement, increasing from 20% to 28%. In 2016-17, Plantation’s student achievement increased to 56% after one full year of CLI implementation.

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District-wide Impact in Philly

Committed and widespread CLI implementation within a district can lead to improvements in student achievement. We have worked within a majority of School District of Philadelphia K-3rd grade classrooms since 2015. With our help, district third-graders’ English Language Arts proficiency levels improved 5 percentage points — from 30% in 2015-16 to 35% in 2016-17.

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The mere act of reading is an extraordinarily freeing act, and we envision a nation where every child, regardless of socio-economic background, has the power of literacy and the opportunity for lifetime success. Visit our Impact page to learn more about our work, our i3 validation, and our partnerships.

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