Despite the News' very misleading headline that states "Beverly literacy program given $5M from state before later informing readers that "Beverly will not receive any of the $5 million," the recognition of the program is still noteworthy.
The results of the program, titled the Data Driven School Transformation Partnership, have been impressive since it was launched in Beverly five years ago. According to the News:
"Our internal data has shown that (reading) scores have improved," [Superintendent Marie] Galinski said in an interview. "Elementary school students are coming into middle school at a higher reading level than they were three years ago."
According to the data, 78 percent of fifth-grade students read at grade level or better three years ago. Now, 87 percent do.
Beverly pays for the program using Title 1 funds, which are funds given to a school district based on the number of free or reduced lunch students it has.
"I am sure that the success of the program in helping to turn around our two schools and reducing the achievement gap was a major factor in the decision by the Department of Education to select DSTP as a national model," Galinski said in a statement about the grant.
Out of nearly 1,700 proposals that were submitted, the program, developed by the Bay State Reading Institute, was one of only 49 selected.