Early-Literacy Map Provides Insights on Schools, Scores

By Jung, Yoohyun | AZ Daily Star, October 21, 2015 | Go to article overview

Early-Literacy Map Provides Insights on Schools, Scores


Jung, Yoohyun, AZ Daily Star


Read On Arizona, a statewide literacy initiative, launched a new interactive map that allows users to track education data relevant to early literacy.

Accessible data include attendance, school retention rates, chronic absences, demographics, school locations and district boundaries, district and school ratings, assessment scores and more.

The tool, which Read On Arizona is calling "MapLIT," does not include information about middle or high schools, as it was intended to focus on early literacy. Data on individual students are also not available in accordance with federal privacy laws.

"The main reason it was created was to help communities have access to the kinds of data that would be helpful in creating strategic plans around improving early literacy outcomes," said Terri Clark, the literacy director for Read On Arizona.

Some health data, including number of emergency visits for asthma, are available. Results from a survey about early literacy, which included questions such as "During the past week, how many days did you or other family members tell stories or sing songs to your child/children?" were also included.

The interactive tool is the product of a multiagency collaboration, Clark said. The state Education and Health Services departments, the Maricopa Association of Governments and First Things First, which conducted the survey, were partners in the project. …

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