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APS Local Literacy Plan

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Goals for Reading Proficiency

Austin Public Schools' mission statement is Engaging and Empowering ALL Learners for Life. The district's vision statements for 2018 include:

  • All students engaged in and achieving a meaningful educational journey for their future
  • Intentional instruction meeting the needs of each learner in all classrooms

In order to advance its mission and vision, Austin Public Schools is dedicated to the following values:

  • High Expectations of and from all people all the time
  • Integrity to have the courage to do what is right in the face of challenges
  • Focus and Purpose to operate with intention
  • Innovation to support creative culture, processes and solutions

It is our goal to have all students reading well by third grade to help ensure readiness for a successful future. This goal is aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Austin Public Schools.

District Resources

Click on the APS Local Literacy Plan to learn more about our goals for reading proficiency, assessment process, student data, parent involvement, early intervention, professional development, and scoring rubrics.
APS Local Literacy Plan

Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child's educational experience. Providing quality curriculum, instruction, and assessments is the foundation for developing comprehensive systems of support for all learners. Click here to learn more about the Reading Well by 3rd Grade initiative.

By June 1, 2012, all public schools must submit data on reading proficiency for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 as identified in Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.12. Click here to learn more from the MDE web site.

Literacy Incentive Aid

The proficiency aid for each school is equal to the product of the school's proficiency allowance times the number of third grade pupils at the school on October 1 of the previous fiscal year. A school's proficiency allowance is equal to the percentage of students in each building that meet exceed proficiency on the third grade reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, averaged across the previous three test administrations, times $530. Growth aid will be calculated using only fourth grade pupil counts at the same rate.

MDE Contacts

Bobbie Burnham, Program Manager:
Tom Melcher, School Finance Director:
Kari Ross, Reading Specialist:

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