The Georgia Department of Education has created a Reading Readiness Dashboard to allow easy and  transparent access to literacy data at the state, district, and school levels.

State leaders said the dashboard will ultimately support the efforts of educators, communities, and the state to increase the percentage of students reading on grade level.

By using the Reading Readiness Dashboard, Georgians will be able to access information on the percentage of students reading below, on, and above grade level for every school, district, and Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) region in the state. The tool also allows users to sort by student subgroups – including gender, race/ethnicity, students with disabilities, English Learners, and migrant students – or directly compare school, district, or regional data with state averages.

“Our aim is to provide unparalleled public access to literacy results,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.

“We are committed to ensuring every student in Georgia can learn to read, and ultimately read to learn – and that goal is only furthered by the greater transparency and accountability around our results offered by the Reading Readiness Dashboard,” he said. “The dashboard provides a common source of information on our progress as we join together to improve literacy outcomes for every child.”

Data for the dashboard is drawn from the Georgia Milestones Reading Status indicator, which is based on the Lexile scores associated with students’ performance on a subset of questions on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment.

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