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Capital, DE School District Named R.E.A.D. Award Winner for 2016 - 2017

Capital School District Partners with 95 Percent Group to   
Accelerate K‐1 Reading Performance


Dover, DE: Capital School District recently received the R.E.A.D. Award from their literacy
partner, 95 Percent Group Inc, recognizing significant reading improvement for K‐1 students during the 2016‐17 school year. The yearly honor is given to schools or districts that demonstrate instructional excellence and dedication, in using 95 Percent Group’s processes and products, to support readers who struggle.

“The 95 Percent Group implementation began as a district initiative to improve the knowledge and skills of district instructional leaders, school level coaches, reading interventionists, K‐1 special educators, and K‐1 classroom teachers,” said Pam Herrera, Director of Elementary Instruction. “In addition, a high rate of mobility across Capital’s seven elementary schools created the need for a consistent literacy framework, across all schools, to close the achievement gap. 95 Percent Group worked with us to provide a customized plan, which immediately provided this support.”

Capital School District saw outstanding EOY 2016‐2017 results. The Kindergarten DIBELS Next
composite scores showed that 84% of students met Benchmark, a 21% increase over the prior year.  Also, there was a 40% increase in the number of students meeting Benchmark from the beginning to the end of the school year.

The award presentation was made during the January Capital School District Board of Education meeting by Judie Caroleo, 95 Percent Group’s Director of Training and Development.   

“The reading growth in the district exemplifies their commitment to using data‐based decision making to improve outcomes for all students,” said Caroleo .  “From the district office to the building level administrators, literacy coaches and the teachers who are providing the instruction, everyone in the district works tirelessly to meet student needs. In our second year of implementation, the data in both kindergarten and first grade showed a significant response to the application of the instruction using 95 Percent Group materials. We look forward to seeing that growth continue as we move into the next phase of our partnership.”

2017 – 2018 BOY data for Grade 1 demonstrated that 60% of students were Benchmark based on the composite score. Several schools also showed an elevated percentage of first grade students testing at or above benchmark at the beginning of the school year retaining a significantly higher reading proficiency level over the summer.

“95 Percent Group’s Implementation Plan fit seamlessly into Capital’s current Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The products addressed our need for evidence‐based materials that were systematic, explicit, and aligned to a Phonological Continuum. Students were able to build automaticity of phonological skills from simple to complex while the built‐in progress monitoring tools provided ongoing feedback to teachers about student growth,” added Herrera. As a result, the Capital School District plans to expand the implementation to Grade 2 during the 2018‐19 school year.


Capital DE READ Award Presentation


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Press Release Capital School District Named R.E.A.D Award Winner



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