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Reading Well by 3rd Grade Update
Current information on developing local literacy plans and data submission requirements

(April 9, 2012 -- Roseville, MN)  Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational experience. Providing quality curriculum, instruction, and assessments is the foundation for developing comprehensive systems of support for all learners. The resources and information provided here are available for Minnesota schools to use as tools in developing comprehensive literacy programs and practices that lead to increased student achievement at all levels.

Data Submission Information
Minnesota Statute 120B.12 requires all public schools to submit data from locally determined literacy assessments by June 1, 2012 for students enrolled in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2. The data will be submitted to the MN Department of Education (MDE) using the Excel Template accessible through the Reading Well Web page or the  MDE Data Submissions page.

Please remember to download the template, and follow the directions to add the appropriate information before entering any data. Then use the submission instruction document as a step-by-step guide to upload the district information through a secure server.

Local Literacy Plan Development
Districts are encouraged to use the Local Literacy Plan Checklist as a template for developing or refining local literacy plans consistent with the requirements outlined in Minnesota Statute 120B.12 .

MDE has also recently posted a Self-Assessment Rubric as a tool for districts to use in order to evaluate compliance of draft literacy plans before posting on district webpages. Both documents are available on the Reading Well Web page. District-wide local literacy plans need to be posted on district homepages by the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • A frequently asked questions documents addressing local literacy plan requirements, data submission expectations, and literacy incentive aid information is now available on the Reading Well Web page 
  • MDE staff listed to the right are available to answer addition questions and provide guidance and support for completion of local literacy plans and data submissions as needed.
  • Districts are encouraged to contact these MDE staff members at any time through the development, submission, and implementation process.

Print-quality copy of the above Reading Well by 3rd Grade Update, from the MN Department of Education.

For a print-quality copy of the April 2012 Reading Well by 3rd Grade Update, scroll down.

For more information from the MN Department of Education, click on the logo above.

MDE Contacts
Kari Ross
Reading Specialist

Bobbie Burnham
Program Manager