In 2012, the Colorado READ Act was adopted by the state legislature to ensure that all students are competent readers by the end of third grade. Since its implementation in the 2013-2014 school year, it has been clear that literacy continues to be a challenge across the state. Third grade reading results went down in 2014, with 71% of students scoring proficient or higher; only 56% of African American and Hispanic students scored proficient or above. Despite these numbers, many schools and districts saw significant improvement.
A joint statement released last week by the National Association of System Heads, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, and Higher Ed for Higher Standards urged states to continue moving forward with implementation of college and career ready standards and aligned assessments.
According to a University of Colorado Denver study released on July 8, the absence of education may be as detrimental to your health as smoking. The study found that greater education levels are a strong predictor of higher income, healthier habits, and improved psychological wellbeing. After looking at the link between education and mortality rates for more than a million people, researchers found that 145,243 deaths could have been prevented in adults with no high school diploma.
It’s that time of year when many kids are spending their days sleeping in, playing video games, and hitting the pool. Unfortunately, research shows that children and young adults lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math and reading over the summer months(1). Summer learning opportunities are a critical part of making sure your kids aren’t behind when they go back to school in a month or two.
Last week, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) published its annual “Legislative Report on Remedial Education” for the 2014 academic school year. The information, which is gathered from students taking basic skills courses at Colorado’s public higher education institutions, informs lawmakers and school leaders about the number of high school graduates taking remedial classes. CDHE recently set a goal of closing the attainment gap by 50% by 2025, helping to increase the number of Colorado residents who hold a high-quality, postsecondary credential.
Father’s Day is a special day at Stand for Children – just like Mother’s Day, because it’s an important reminder to stop and thank our parents. We want to pause and appreciate everything dads across Colorado, and the country, do for their kids every day. We really do believe that fathers help our children reach for the sky and achieve their dreams.
Stand for Children has launched a Summer Reading Challenge and YOU should sign up here.
It is critical that children spend time reading over the summer to help combat what is known as summer learning loss. Children can lose as much as 2 – 3 months of reading skills over the summer while they are not in school. Over the course of elementary school, this can put them the equivalent of nearly 3 grade levels behind.
About Stand for Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:
Last year was full of big accomplishments for our organization and I’m proud to share with you our 2014 Annual Report. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado.
I’m not a stranger to Stand’s work because I’ve served as an extension of the team at the Capitol for the past several years, fighting for Colorado’s students and better education policies and working closely with Stand Colorado.
I grew up in a small farming community near the town of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico’s Pacific coast. When I was 10 years old, just as I was finishing primary school, my family moved to Basalt, Colorado. I didn’t speak English and I remember having a hard time transitioning to my new environment. My first experience in an American school seemed confusing and awkward at times, especially as my teachers and the school administrators tried to figure out how to best teach me English as well as the core subjects.
My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado. I grew up in Lakewood and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. I’m the daughter and sister of teachers and the parent of three school-age children. I’m no stranger to the challenges and opportunities that our students, parents, and educators have in our schools. It’s an incredible privilege to lead an organization that fights each day to make sure every student has access to a high-quality education – no matter what family or background they come from.