In elementary school (K-5) a heavy emphasis is given to developing literacy. Students spend roughly 180 minutes a day in reading, writing, and media literacy. The district adopted a comprehensive literacy program, Journeys, from Houghton Mifflin three years ago as a means of addressing the new Utah Core. The Utah Core has raised the rigor for all students and serves to give focus not only on rich literature but also on informational test as well.
During the school day, students are provided opportunities for enrichment and or interventions as needed. Each school has a reading center staffed by licensed literacy specialist and trained paraprofessionals. Each student is assessed in reading proficiency and for those students who read below grade level, research-based interventions are provided.
For more information on the Utah Core Standards, revised in June 2013, please go to Utah Core Standards for English Language and Literacy in History/Social Sciences, Science, and Technical Subjects
Resources for parents: USOE Elementary Language Arts Parent and Student Resources