As part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Literacy Initiative, the primary teachers at St. Gregory School received training through Step-By-Step Learning® on specific literacy instruction and intervention. The teachers learned how to better analyze their DIBELS/Acadience data and used the information to drive their instruction.
In depth skill inventory data allowed St. Gregory teachers to create individual instructional planning sheets for each student in kindergarten and 1st grade. Through this journey, the St. Gregory teachers learned about explicit, systematic, multi-tiered instruction and intervention.
Impressive Success in Literacy
As a result of this initiative, St. Gregory School has seen remarkable success. In the 2018-2019 school year, 100% of kindergarten students met the end of year benchmark goals, up from 77% a few years ago. Additionally, 90% of first grade students met the end of year benchmark goals, up from 83%.
While these numbers alone are highly impressive, it’s important to point out that not only did all of the students benchmark, but 24 out of 25 students were above benchmark! In the 1st grade classroom, 21 out of 29 students were above benchmark and again 90% of students met their benchmark goals. The literacy initiative will expand out into both the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year.