All kindergarten to Grade 8 students will achieve at or above grade level in reading, writing, and mathematics. They will be engaged in their learning and graduate as active participants in lifelong learning and as responsible, caring, culturally responsive citizens in the community, nation, and world. In pursuit of this goal, we will continue to focus on the engagement, achievement and graduation rates of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
Literacy for Life, a focus on early learning and literacy in Saskatoon Public Schools, is one of two strategic priorities adopted by the Board of Education. The second division priority is Collegiate Renewal.
Learning to read makes a profound difference in the life of a child. To be a successful and independent reader means that school is easier, self-esteem is higher, and there are greater opportunities for success. Students with learning difficulties will make significant improvements in their literacy skills as a result of Literacy for Life interventions.
Measuring our results allows us to identify and celebrate our successes and ensure that targeted resources and effort produce great results for our students. To determine our success, we gather student achievement data and report the results to staff and our public. Since Literacy for Life began in 2004, our students have made significant gains in literacy.
Saskatoon Public Schools continues to strengthen the instructional skills of our teachers, so students can sustain high levels of achievement in literacy. Initiatives include: a focus on instructional leadership; alignment of our administrative structure to support our two learning priorities; support for school-based collaborative inquiry teams; and building our internal capacity to lead staff development.
For more information on Literacy for Life and how we are engaging students in inspiring learning please read our latest Literacy for Life progress report.