Grade 3 student reading levels rise in NESD

EAST CENTRAL — The North East School Division found the number of Grade 3 students in the division who are reading at or above grade level improved by four per cent last year.

A total of 77 per cent of Grade 3 students in the division were found to be able to read at or above grade level in the 2018-19 year, up from 73 per cent in the 2017-18 year, and up from 74 per cent in the 2016-17 year.

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“When we see improved reading results, we’re just so gratified of the work our primary teachers do across the grades. When you see the kids come to school where they’re at, and [improve] by the end of Grade 3, we’ve got that momentum.” said Don Rempel, the division's director of education. “So that’s terrific.”

Reading levels for Grade 1 students dropped to 61 per cent from 63 per cent, which was a further drop from the 2016-17 year where it was 65 per cent of Grade 1 students were at or above reading level.

Grade 2 students rose by one per cent, from 70 per cent in the previous two years.

Rempel, said it’s always humbling to see the results of how the students are doing.

Grade 4, 7 and 9 students were tested on their writing. The number of students at or above grade level slightly increased for all three grades.

Grade 4 students saw an increase with 57 per cent of students writing at or above grade level in 2017-18, to 60 per cent in 2018-19. Grade 7 students saw an increase from 56 to 57 per cent, while Grade 9 students saw an increase from 61 to 67.

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