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NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

STATE SUPERINTENDENT CELEBRATES
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY AND LITERACY MONTH

Reminds Parents, Teachers about Lexile Resources and Kicks off Book Drive

State Superintendent June Atkinson is highlighting National Literacy Month and International Literacy Day today by reminding teachers and parents about resources available to help students use Lexile® measures to select books well-matched to their individual reading levels. Atkinson also marked the occasion by kicking off a book drive among NCDPI employees. Books collected in the drive will be donated to after-school programs coordinated by local Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) affiliates.

"Literacy is a big piece of the academic foundation all students must have if they are to be successful in school, college, a career and life," said Atkinson. "I encourage parents and educators to use every available resource and opportunity to help children develop and improve these important skills and nurture a love of reading."

To encourage summer reading, Atkinson launched the statewide "READ NC" campaign in June. As a part of this initiative, she reached out to superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and media to share resources that help students use Lexile measures to find books matched to their personal interests and reading comprehension levels.

Lexile measures, which are a part of The Lexile Framework for Reading, assess both a student’s reading ability and the text complexity in books, magazines and even newspapers. In North Carolina, students in grades 3-8, as well as high school students taking the English I assessment, receive a Lexile measure on their end-of-grade or end-of-course test reports. Because both students and texts can be assigned Lexile measures, these measures can be used to connect students with books at their reading skill level. More information about the "READ NC" campaign, as well as valuable resources including a Lexile map customized for North Carolina and the "Find a Book" search tool, can be found online at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/lexiles.

Atkinson also has asked NCDPI employees to bring in new and gently-used books for all grade levels throughout the month of September for use in after-school programs managed by Communities In Schools of North Carolina. Local CISNC affiliates will use these needed resources to help surround students with a community of support, empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. To learn more about CISNC, visit http://www.cisnc.org/.

For more information about the "READ NC" campaign or the book drive, please contact the NCDPI Communication and Information Services Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.