A new data tool lets parents, educators and community members see how Fort Worth third-graders are performing in reading based on state testing results.
Users of the data dashboard can review reading proficiency for all students or use demographic filters including economically disadvantaged and race, Superintendent Kent Scribner said Tuesday during a demonstration of the tool for school board trustees.
The dashboard, on the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership’s website, is part of a continuing effort to fight childhood illiteracy.
“We know that the success of students at Fort Worth ISD will determine the success of our city,” Scribner said during the presentation.
The partnership was created by the city of Fort Worth, Fort Worth school district and members of the philanthropic and business communities to help improve reading performance among public school students. A similar presentation was made to the Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday.
Scribner said the district’s reading challenges are similar to academic hurdles other urban districts are facing.
His plan, called 100X25 FWTX Ready to Read, Ready to Lead, sets a goal of having 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders reading on grade level by 2025.
Scribner said the dashboard should help the district see which programs are working and replicate them.
The literacy partnership also announced citywide programs aimed at boosting reading while students are on summer break. That effort includes a Summer Scholars program for young readers nominated by Maude Logan, Maudrie Walton and Sunrise McMillan elementary schools. The free six-week program is offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County.
The data dashboard comes as students take the 2017 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. This week’s exams included tests for third-grade students in public schools across the state.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.