Friday , 15 December 2017
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Read to Achieve Portfolio Updates


Reading portfolios will be written for all third grade students this school year.

The Read to Achieve program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act which became law in July 2012 and applies to all schools at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.  The goal of Read to Achieve is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continues progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success.

Listed Below you can view the seven major components of Read to Achieve.

  • Plan for Reading Achievement: The state will develop, implement, and continuously evaluate a research-based comprehensive reading program to improve reading achievement.
  • Developmental Screening for Kindergarten: An entry assessment will be administered beginning the 2014-2015 school year. The process will include screening of all students entering kindergarten for five domains of school readiness.
  • Facilitating Early Grade Reading Proficiency: K-3 students will be assessed using valid, reliable, formative and diagnostic reading assessments. The mClass Reading 3D is the state-wide adopted system to be used effective the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Elimination of Social Promotion: Students failing to demonstrate proficiency on Reading READY EOG in third grade will be retained. Good Cause Exemptions will be determined by the superintendent.
  • Reading Development for Retained Students: Students not demonstrating proficiency will be enrolled in a summer reading camp prior to retention. Retained students will have opportunities to demonstrate proficiency for mid-year promotion. Parents will be provided with a plan for reading at home.
  • Parent and Guardian Notification: Parents and guardians will be notified in writing of student retention and why the student is not eligible for good cause exemption.
  • Accountability: Local boards of education will annually publish and provide written notification to the State Board of Education on the progress of reading proficiency and interventions provided to retained students.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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