Our Literacy Philosophy
At Dublin City Schools, our goal is to develop students who are skilled readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. Knowing every child’s learning journey is unique, we will offer personalized, explicit, systematic reading and writing instruction while promoting students’ ability to transfer acquired literacy skills to various personal, professional, social, and academic environments.
Our K-3 classrooms began implementing a new resource, 95% Core Phonics Program, at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The 95% Core Phonics Program is grounded in the science of reading and the principles of structured literacy and will be utilized during the District's literacy blocks. This program serves as a phonics and word study strand that enriches the other important components of literacy being taught in Dublin City Schools. Through explicit, systematic, and direct phonics instruction, reading skills can be enhanced so that students can comprehend grade level materials with greater ease. While this program is for early literacy students, Dublin City Schools has a robust curriculum that aligns throughout grades K-5. Furthermore, 95% Phonics will help to support the ongoing word study learning occurring in our 4-5 classrooms. For more information, please check out 95% Core Phonics Program.
Response to Intervention
The Dublin City Schools Language Arts Program emphasizes the importance of early reading intervention support by offering appropriate experiences for identified students in addition to a strong literacy-based classroom environment. Response to Intervention (R+I) is a process of helping students become successful through the identification of specific interventions and monitoring the effectiveness of these interventions. Check out the Response to Intervention brochure to learn more.
Assessments and Dyslexia Screening
The State of Ohio passed Senate Bill 316 which requires actions for elementary schools regarding the "Third Grade Reading Guarantee." Districts are required to administer assessments in order to evaluate student performance, notify parents and develop progress plans in partnership with parents.
The State of Ohio passed House Bill 436 which requires, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, the screening of and intervention for children with dyslexia or dyslexic characteristics and tendencies. Districts are required to administer screening assessments and notify parents, guardians or custodians of students who are determined to be at risk from the universal screening.
During the 2022-2023 school year, Dublin City Schools is participating in Ohio's Dyslexia Pilot Project by administering the MAP Reading Fluency Dyslexia Screener to all K-3 students. The goal of the pilot project is to evaluate the effectiveness of early screening and reading assistance programs for children at risk for reading difficulties.