Early Literacy Support Program

CCRSB recognizes that one of the most important things we can do for children is to support them in becoming literate. CCRSB Early Literacy Support provides that extra level of support for identified students that will make the difference for them: a difference that will impact their entire life. We know that Literacy Changes Lives!

Early Literacy Support is a two-tiered program that supports students in grades P-3. ELS runs from September to June in alternating four week sessions, called "Boost" and 12 week sessions, called "Developing Learners".

Boost: Boost is intended for students requiring a "boost" to be brought to the expected independent reading level within their grade level by the end of the four-week session. French Immersion Boost is intended for students requiring a "boost" to be brought to the expected instructional reading level within their grade level by the end of the session.

Developing Learners: Developing Learners is designed for students who need the most help to reach basic literacy levels for their grade.

 

Accessing Early Literacy Support 

Literacy teams at each school select students who would benefit from either of these ELS sessions based on evidence provided from comprehensive assessments gathered at the school. 

Students enrolled in ELS participate in daily lessons of 30-45 minutes targeting reading, writing and oral language development through small groups and/or one-on-one instruction. Early Literacy Support lessons are individually designed to meet the needs of each student accessing this support. The daily lessons take place in the classroom or in an alternate setting determined by the school's ELS Team. Students may access more than one session of ELS per year and may access ELS in one or all grades from Primary to 3.

All CCRSB Elementary Schools offer Early Literacy Support; however, the number of students enrolled is based on identified literacy needs and student enrolment in grades P-3 for each individual school based on an analysis of Early Literacy Language Assessment (ELLA) results from 2007-2012 and Reading/Writing 3 for 2012.

In 2012-2013 1862 students participated in Boost and Developing Learners (English and French combined). 

For more information on the Early Literacy Support Program, contact the Education Services Department at 902-897-8950.

You can also read the 2012-2013 Early Literacy Support Annual Report to learn more.


Reading and Writing Assessments

CCRSB students continue to demonstrate proficiency in early literacy skills as measured by the provincial Nova Scotia Reading and Writing Assessments which are written yearly by students in grades 3 and 6.  Grade 3 and 6 students write the assessment in five parts: Reading, Writing: Ideas; Writing: Language Use; Writing: Organization and Writing: Conventions. 

2013-2014 Grade 3 Assessment Results

Grade 3 Reading: 75% of CCRSB  students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 70%.

Grade 3 Writing: Ideas: 90% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 88%. 

Grade 3 Writing: Language Use: 81% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 79%.

Grade 3 Writing: Organization: 78% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 76%.

Grade 3 Writing: Conventions: 68% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 66%.

2013-2014 Grade 6 Assessment Results

Grade 6 Reading: 77% of CCRSB  students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 75%.

Grade 6 Writing: Ideas: 88% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 88%. 

Grade 6 Writing: Language Use: 78% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 79%. 

Grade 6 Writing: Organization: 79% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 79%.

Grade 6 Writing: Conventions: 65% of CCRSB students passed the assessment compared to a provincial average of 65%.

 

For the full list of assessment results, visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

 

Early Literacy Support Team

Emily FaheyCoordinator of Literacy and Programs P-12 

Myrna Noddin BonaReading Recovery & Comprehensive Early Literacy Support Consultant

Gail ChaissonComprehensive Early Literacy Support Lead Teacher, Cobequid, Chignecto and Celtic Families Education 

Velma LeBlanc DunnRegional French Programs Coordinator 

Angele Saulnier-NicholsonEarly Literacy French Consultant P-3 and P-6 Immersion Literacy Mentor

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