Concordia Elementary School Honored for K-3 Reading Results

Staff from the Concordia Elementary School's Kansas Reading Roadmap program received an honor Thursday in Wichita celebrating the school's recent K-3 reading assessments.

KRR presented its Benchmark Achievement Award to Concordia staff at the organization's annual three-day training symposium, attended by about 300 KRR staff and tutors from across Kansas.

Krystin Will, KRR program coordinator at Concordia Elementary School, attended the conference and accepted the award.

Four Kansas schools were celebrated for achieving 80 percent of K-3 students reading at or above grade level, a goal for KRR programs set forth by the Technical Assistance Systems Network (TASN). The four elementary schools receiving the Benchmark Achievement Award were Chetopa, Concordia, Neosho Rapids and West Bourbon.

"These are four schools that have worked very hard to achieve the 80 percent threshold," KRR Executive Director Andrew Hysell said. "These four schools are showing that, in spite of poverty in a community, the staff and students are capable of great accomplishments."

Governor Jeff Colyer accepted the KRR 2018 Education Champion award at the conference. He congratulated the Concordia staff and posed for a photo with Will after discussing the importance of childhood literacy at the gathering. He praised KRR for its impact as a poverty-alleviating measure.

"The ability to read is one of the greatest determining factors in a child's future," Governor Colyer said. "We are bringing together forces that include the Boys & Girls Clubs, schools, state government and KRR to help more than 10,000 children and their families break the cycle of poverty. This kind of cross-agency collaboration is an example of making government work better for Kansans."

Since 2013, KRR has worked with more than 60 elementary schools and three Boys & Girls Clubs across the state, aligning afterschool, summer and family engagement programs with school data and practice. KRR seeks to ensure all students read at grade level upon entering the fourth grade.

KRR is a partnership between local schools, the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), and DCF. Funding for KRR is drawn from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, administered by DCF. DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel also spoke at the gathering Thursday.