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712 N. Eugene St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
In Guilford County Schools
- As reported in the state’s End-of-Grade (EOG) tests, from 2008 to 2009, the percentage of GCS students shown as proficient increased by 11 percentage points in reading – from 54 percent in 2008 to 65 percent in 2009.
- The district’s achievement gap in reading has narrowed from the 2007-08 school year to the 2008-09 school year, but is still unacceptable. In 2007-08, there was a 37.1 percentage gap for reading, while the latest results show a 33.1 percentage gap.
- Several strategies in the district’s strategic plan address literacy.
- I.1 Provide early literacy intervention to identified K-2 students
- I.2 Provide reading interventions at middle and high school
- I.3 Use a balanced literacy approach as core reading instruction and intervention in reading and language arts K-12
- I.4 Refocus writing instruction that will address writing at all grade levels
In Guilford County
- In Guilford County, more than 20,000 adults aged 18-25 (approximately 10 percent) have less than a grade nine education.
From an early age
- If students are not reading at grade level by the third grade, it becomes harder and harder to catch up
To high school
- According to the American Speech Language & Hearing Association, poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact – 75 percent of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties.
- Twenty percent of high school seniors can be classified as being functionally illiterate at the time they graduate (National Right to Read Foundation)
- The National Coalition for Literacy reports that an estimated 93 million U.S. adults have basic and below basic literacy skills.
- Seventy percent of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate, while 85 percent of all juvenile offenders rate as functionally or marginally illiterate.
- Forty-three percent of those whose literacy skills are lowest live in poverty.
In compliance with federal laws, Guilford County Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Refer to the Board of Education's Discrimination Free Environment Policy AC for a complete statement. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Guilford County Schools Compliance Officer, 120 Franklin Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27401; 336.370.2323.
All Guilford County Schools facilities, both educational and athletic, are tobacco-free learning environments.