Tappahannock Elementary School has made significant strides in literacy, overcoming the educational hurdles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) results from Fall 2023 show a remarkable improvement and dedication toward enhancing student literacy.

Since 2019, the educators at Tappahannock Elementary School have been committed to not just navigating through the challenges brought by the pandemic but also seizing the opportunity to fortify the foundational literacy skills of their students. The Fall 2023 PALS report highlights an impressive decline in the below-benchmark rate across all grades (K-2), with a notable decrease of 14.5 percentage points from Fall 2022 to Fall 2023. This remarkable improvement is a testament to the school's effective strategies and interventions aimed at supporting every student's literacy journey.

Kindergarten through second-grade students demonstrated significant progress, with second graders showing the most substantial improvement at a 21.5 percentage point reduction in the below-benchmark rate. This success story is not just a reflection of the students' hard work but also showcases the dedication and expertise of the school's educators who have tirelessly worked to adapt their teaching methods and materials to meet the needs of their students.

The report reveals a positive shift in the distribution of students at low, medium, and high risk for reading difficulties, moving closer to the pre-pandemic distribution seen in Fall 2019. This shift underscores a broader recovery trend within the division, suggesting that the impacts of the pandemic are being effectively mitigated through targeted literacy interventions.

As we celebrate these achievements, it's essential to recognize the collective effort of teachers, administrators, students, and families. This success story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of education and the critical role of literacy in shaping our future leaders.

We invite the community to join us in congratulating Tappahannock Elementary School on its remarkable accomplishments. Together, we look forward to building on this success and continuing to support our students' journey toward excellence in literacy and beyond.