All students in the four elementary schools across the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District participate in district-wide screenings to determine their literacy skill levels. K-2 screenings are completed three times per year using DIBELS* and grades 3-5 screenings are completed twice yearly using the GRADE+. Children qualify to participate in the district’s Title 1 Reading Support Program based on the results of these screenings and additional assessments.
Title 1 Reading Support is offered as a supplement to the existing literacy program. Its purpose is to help students learn reading skills and develop strategies to become independent readers. In the reading support program, students receive small group instruction focused on reading foundations with a highly qualified reading specialist. This support does not take the place of classroom reading instruction, but reinforces and supports the existing reading program.
* DIBELS = Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
+ GRADE = Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation