Contributing to the overall success of the school district are the gains made by third grade students who took the PARCC assessment. The percent of third-graders scoring proficient or higher rose by four percentage points in ELA. "These gains represent progress on an important literacy benchmark because research shows that reading proficiency at this grade level is a positive indicator of high school success and completion," according to SPS Superintendent Warwick. He also pointed out that literacy has been a focal point of the district and education supporters throughout his tenure.
"We have embedded literacy throughout the curriculum and the importance of literacy is a message that has echoed loudly," said Warwick. "Community support for these efforts has been widespread and for that we are grateful."