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Elementary Language Arts

Extended Reading Time Reboot

This year, students at 36 schools in the district will provide an additional hour of reading instruction beyond the normal school day throughout the school year. According to state testing, these schools were among the lowest 300 schools in the state for students’ reading ability.

As an urgent priority for the district, Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Extra Reading Time (ERT) program is getting a substantial reboot for the 2017–2018 school year.

  • Not a one-size-fits-all approach
  • New framework to get at the root cause of low reading performance
  • Schools are in the driver’s seat, with bottom-up area & district help

District leaders formed an advisory panel nearly two months before the state released the list of Extra Reading Time schools.

The variety of educators on the panel looked at the structural issues at schools with low reading performance, determining five focus areas:

Classroom teachers, Coaches based at school sites, Resource teachers, Elementary literacy staff at district, School site administrators



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NEW THIS YEAR New framework to get at the root causes

Using the five focus areas, each ERT school is reviewing its own overall reading program, searching for the root causes of low reading performance, along with areas of success to build on.

NEW THIS YEAR Additional time for 4th and 5th grades

In ERT schools, 4th and 5th grade students will be dismissed two hours and five minutes later than K–3 students on Mondays to receive even more additional time, matching state guidelines that require more time for students in these grades.

NEW THIS YEAR Schools choose the best option for them

Each school will now choose one of three ways to use their extra reading time. These reading paths are:

  • “Computer-assisted,” using computer technology along with printed books
  • “Differentiated guided instruction,” working with students in small groups
  • “Cross-literacy,” adding more reading to existing subjects like social studies

Schedule adopted by the principals of the ERT schools

Monday for K–3rd grade
Monday for 4th & 5th grade
Tuesday–Friday K–5th grade

7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
7:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Students in K—3rd grade who have older siblings in 4th and 5th grade can join the Reading Explorers Club, with special reading time on Mondays, lasting from their dismissal time at 1:15 through their siblings’ dismissals at 3:20.

Extra Reading Time schools for 2017–2018 — Broward • Bryan • Burney • Cahoon • Cleveland • Dover • Edison • Folsom • Forest Hills • Foster • Frost • Graham • Ippolito • Jackson • James • Kimbell • Mango • McDonald • Miles • Mort • MOSI Partnership • Oak Park • Palm River • Pizzo • Potter • Reddick • Robinson Elementary • Robles • Ruskin • Shaw • Sheehy • Springhead • Sullivan • Thonotosassa • Washington • Wimauma

Times for 2018–2019 will change based on school status and district schedules

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