Establishing Reading Proficiency as a Priority
The Tuscaloosa City Schools Strategic Plan (“Learning Reimagined”) established reading proficiency as a priority.
According to test scores from the 2016 administration of the ACT Aspire test for third-grade students, only 39 percent of total students were deemed proficient in reading. Upon closer review of these findings shows an achievement gap exists among black and white students.
The system is placing a targeted priority in closing the achievement gap that exists in the TCS.
As part of the Strategic Plan, the school system is partnering with community partners in business, families, and faith-based organizations to establish a community focus on reading.
To support the TCS goal in reading, we establish the Reading by Third grade coalition comprised of all community partners with the goal of establishing a true reading culture in the City of Tuscaloosa.