District LiteracyMeasuring Literacy Ensures that the Gateway to True Equity Is Open for All Students
Reading Comprehension is the Cornerstone of Successful Learning
After the first few years of schooling, students are no longer being taught how to read. Instead, they are expected to read in order to
learn course material. Almost every subject — from math and science, to history and social studies — requires that students be able to
comprehend written instructions and assigned texts, and use their reading and critical thinking skills to complete assignments on their own. But if a student does not have the foundational ability to read (and truly understand what they are reading), they will not be successful learners, regardless of the subject.
Literacy — the Gateway to True Equity
Do you have an undiscovered science wiz in your classroom? Or a hidden math genius? What about many students who want to succeed and learn in school, but have simply never received the tools to unlock their academic abilities and interests?
Many education leaders have weighed in on the problems of equity in the modern classroom. At Questar, we believe that ensuring reading comprehension skills for all students is one of the greatest drivers of equity in today’s K–12 education. Once a student can comprehend text on their own, their learning possibilities are unlimited.
We believe that a student’s ability to understand written material is at the heart of academic success, and since 1979 we’ve been proud to offer the Degrees of Reading Power assessment solution to help states and districts pinpoint student reading comprehension levels at critically important times throughout the school year.
English language learners (ELLs) make up a rapidly-growing percentage of K–12 students in the United States. Learning in any subject can be difficult in a non-native language, and monitoring the progress of ELL students is crucial to helping them succeed in English-speaking classrooms.
Early literacy lays an important foundation for a lifetime of meaningful learning. While students in grades K–3 develop their basic reading skills, Signposts offers a toolkit of informal assessments, performance tasks, and group activities to help teachers measure early literacy development.