Michigan has been facing a decrease in literacy achievement scores over the past 10 years. As of 2016, Michigan was one of the bottom ten states in early literacy based on the 2016 National Assessment of Educational Progress Report (NAEP) scores and is currently ranked 41st in the country. Michigan is projected to be 48th in the country by 2030.
Although there are many factors that contribute to this decline in literacy, one factor is access to print, especially for students with a low socio-economic status. A typical middle-class child enters first grade with 1,000 hours of being read to, while the corresponding child from a low-income family receives just 25 hours, which is typically due to the availability of books in their homes. Furthermore, data indicates that in addition to increasing access to text, interaction with text is also important. The greatest impact on literacy is seen when volume of books available were increased along with working with teachers on methods that ensure children interact with books frequently and productively.
Having access to books provides students the opportunity to become better readers. In the 2005 NAEP found that students in classrooms that had well equipped classroom libraries interacted more with books, spent more time reading, demonstrated a positive attitude toward reading and exhibited higher levels of reading achievement. In addition, increased access to books allows teachers to address the essential components of reading: Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency and comprehension.
In order to provide local school districts in Oakland County struggling with providing their students access to books, the Oakland Schools Education Foundation is raising funds to create classroom libraries, along with providing professional learning for the teachers on methods to support interactions with these new books.
Donate to this project.
1 book – $15
5 books – $75
10 books – $150
20 books – $300
Classroom – $3,000
Building grade level – $9,000
If you wish to support this project a higher level, please contact Andrea Berry at 248.209.2434.