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Collaboration in Lake City addresses third-grade reading problem

Collaboration in Lake City addresses third-grade reading problem

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LAKE CITY, S.C. – Chartlytics, the Educational Foundation of Lower Florence County and the Aubrey Daniels Institute are starting a pilot project at Main Street Elementary School in Lake City that addresses student literacy.

Businesses, nonprofit groups, private individuals and a university are working with Florence County School District Three to bring science-based “Precision Teaching” to third-graders.

The program will come at no cost to taxpayers. Francis Marion University, the Educational Foundation of Lower Florence County and private individuals are bearing the cost. Chartlytics is donating the precision measurement and decision-making software to enable real-time analysis of student response to intervention.

Launching on Monday, the project addresses reading deficiencies to keep students on track. South Carolina state law mandates that third-grade students who fail reading are held back.

Aubrey Daniels Institute Executive Director Mary Sawyer will provide instruction via Fit Learning and data management via Chartlytics.

“We're thrilled by the promise the Fit Learning Method and Precision Teaching holds for these students,” Sawyer said. “Our instructional methodology ensures all students succeed, and our sensitive measurement system keeps us accountable to that commitment.”

The program will involve two third-grade cohorts. One cohort (six students) will receive after-school instruction with Francis Marion University students. The other cohort (six students) will be instructed by Sawyer’s Fit Learning staff via videoconferencing during the school day.

Partners include Florence County School District Superintendent Laura Hickson, Fit Learning Founding directors Donny and Kendra Newsome, Aubrey Daniels Institute President Aubrey Daniels, Chartlytics co-founder Rick Kubina, Educational Foundation of Lower Florence County Chairman James Daniels and many others.

“Superintendent Ms. Laura Hickson and Principals Ms. Allana Prosser and Dr. Williams are visionary leaders, and I'm excited for their students to benefit from participation in this innovative pilot,” Sawyer said. “Additionally, we are delighted to have access to the expertise and support of Fit Learning and Chartlytics. To be engaged in such a collaborative initiative with truly remarkable leaders in the fields of education and behavior science is incredible.”


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