Children's early literacy skills are a foundation for their academic success and are closely linked to their social and emotional well- being. BCPS is committed to promote and nurture Literacy in all our classrooms and communities.
To ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, BCPS has adopted the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) 3rd Edition by Fountas and Pinnell as the universal diagnostic and progress monitoring instructional tool for students in kindergarten through grade 3 and struggling readers in grade 4 and 5. This tool provides teachers with behavioral evidence of students' reading behaviors and abilities that will inform the most effective responsive instruction possible within an effective Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.
The Literacy department's main goal is to provide professional development opportunities and support to elementary school teachers and instructional leaders build a common understanding and language for coherent Literacy instruction using the data results from the Benchmark Assessment System.
We encourage all educators and stakeholders to access the BCPS Literacy Field Guide for Educators to learn more about our district's approach to high quality Literacy instruction. This guide is universally designed to address the diversity of all students, including exceptional student education, English language learners, and gifted and talented populations and defines key instructional practices and strategies for all educators to plan and implement in their daily instruction.
Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. (UNESCO)