Focus on Education

SHA is placing a renewed emphasis on prioritizing edcuation for our both adult residents (offering GED classes) and their children. SHA entered into an agreement with the Sarasota County School Board to, among other things, improve communication about SHA students and to combat truancy among SHA residents in an effort to keep them in class, prevent them from falling behind and to prevent early school dropout. SHA is also pleased to share information on local schools to empower parents to decide what school is best for their child. Visit this link to find out more information about our local public schools: http://www.greatschools.org/florida/sarasota/Sarasota-County-Public-Schools/.

Another initiative in SHA’s sights is the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the 150+ communities working with the Campaign are dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. This video shows why that gap occurs and how we can close it.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (http://www.gradelevelreading.net) is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum. Most students who fail to reach this critical milestone falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. Yet two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders are not proficient readers, according to national reading assessment data. This disturbing statistic is made even worse by the fact that more than four out of every five low-income students miss this critical milestone.

Although schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve, providing effective teaching for all children in every classroom every day, the Campaign is based on the belief that schools cannot succeed alone. Engaged communities mobilized to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to serve as full partners in the success of their children are needed to assure student success.