Updated Legislative District Fact Sheets
We have updated our fact sheets about conditions for kids in each legislative district in the state. The new fact sheets include the updated percentage of third grade students passing the AIMS reading test in a sampling of schools and school districts within each legislative district for the 2012-2013 school year. Of the 1,153 schools with third graders who participated in the reading portion of the AIMS test in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, 45% saw the percentage of third graders passing drop, 48% saw the percentage passing increase and the rest saw no change. Statewide the percentage passing did not change, 75% of third graders taking the AIMS reading test passed in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
In almost all the legislative districts you’ll find some schools with most third graders passing the AIMS reading test and some schools with only a small percentage passing. There are children falling behind in every region of the state – and opportunities for change in every region.
Research shows that if students aren’t reading well by the end of third grade their odds of completing high school are significantly diminished. The third grade reading scores also give us an important benchmark of children’s access to early education, strong families, and regular health care from birth through third grade. This is a measure that points to both our progress and our challenges that can mobilize us toward action for greater reading success.
Click here to see the updated legislative district fact sheets.