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Tahoe-Truckee recognized as ‘pacesetter’ in early reading work

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Jill Riemer, a representative from the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, mddle, presents the "Pacesetter" to Rob Leri, TTUSD Superintendent, left, and Laura Brown, Excellence in Education executive director.

Tahoe-Truckee was recently one of just 30 communities across the nation to be honored with a 2014 "Pacesetter" award by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

A representative from the Campaign recognized the community with an award presentation at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District back to school "Convocation" event on Aug. 27.

Tahoe-Truckee was cited for making "measurable progress" on student attendance outcomes — one of the three Campaign strategies.

Tahoe Truckee Reads, the local grade-level reading campaign, saw a 2 percent reduction in chronic absenteeism. The percentage of kindergarten through third grade students who were chronically absent in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District fell from 8.4 percent in 2012-2013 to 6.5 percent in 2013-2014.

This represents more than 100 additional students who were not chronically absent (missing more than 10 percent of the school year).

National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders, and four-fifths of those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently.

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Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child's path to high school graduation and later success because it marks the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of school and struggle throughout their lives.

"Tahoe-Truckee is to be commended as a national leader in this critically important effort," said Ralph Smith, the managing director of the GLR Campaign. "We're recognizing the communities that can demonstrate they're really making a measurable difference in the lives of our children."

Tahoe-Truckee and the other award winners are part of a nationwide campaign — now operating in 167 communities — that is committed to increasing the number of children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

In joining the network, communities develop formal plans to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read well:

School readiness: too many children are entering kindergarten already behind.

School attendance: too many young children are missing too many days of school.

Summer learning: too many children are losing ground academically over the summer.

The Pacesetter honorees were selected from among 76 communities in the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network that participated in a series of activities in 2014 designed to strengthen their work.

Tahoe-Truckee previously received the 2012 "All America City" award and 2013 "Pacesetter" award.

The Tahoe Truckee Reads literacy campaign is a partnership among the Excellence in Education Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, Placer and Nevada County First 5, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure that all children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. For more information, visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeReads.org.

This article was submitted by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Visit gradelevelreading.net to learn more.

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