Last week, I wrote about the “Third Grade Guarantee” and the requirements mandated by this piece of legislation. One of the requirements is that elementary schools must assess the reading skills of each student in kindergarten through third grade at the beginning of every school year. If the results of a child’s assessment show that the child is falling behind in reading, the school must develop a reading improvement plan. This improvement plan is called a RIMP. (Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan). Earlier this school year, parents of students attending each of our five elementary schools that have been flagged as falling behind in reading were asked to assist in the development of and then sign a “Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan” (RIMP).
The RIMP is an important document. It helps guide the reading instruction that will occur during the school year. A RIMP should contain the following information:
- The student’s specific area(s) of reading deficiency;
- A description of the instructional services that will help target the student’s identified reading deficiencies;
- Ways the student’s parents or guardians can be involved in the instructional services; and
A process to monitor the implementation of the student’s RIMP.
Students should also be receiving reading instruction during regular school hours that helps them read on grade level and provides reliable assessment and ongoing analysis of the student’s reading progress.
There is not doubt that reading is one of the most important skills children learn in school and a focus on reading in grades kindergarten through third is key to the development of successful readers. By working together and guided by the RIMP, parents and teachers can help a child improve their reading skills. If you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.