How Local Private Schools Ensure Students Achieve High Scores on Literacy Tests

Are you looking for an educational experience where your child will gain a love of reading and achieve a high literacy level? Consider a private school. Studies have shown that students at private schools often achieve higher scores on literacy tests than their public school counterparts. One study, according to the U.S. News, tracked 140 students at both Montessori and non-Montessori schools. At the beginning of preschool, they had similar reading levels. Over the next three years, the students at the Montessori schools advanced much more rapidly in math and reading than the non-Montessori students.

Here are a few more ways local private schools help children excel in literacy.

Individualized Instruction

One of the biggest differences between a private school and a public school is the ratio of students to teachers. Most local private schools have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows them to provide more individualized, targeted instruction. Your student’s teacher may be able to work with them closely on things like using phonics to sound out words and reading comprehension. In a larger classroom, your child could get lost in the mix.

Culture of Reading

Many local private schools also create a culture of reading so that literacy is involved in every aspect of a child’s education. Your student may have books to read at all times. Reading is usually a part of every class, even the non-literature courses. For example, in a history class, your child may read a book about a historical figure. Private schools also tend to be more flexible with their reading lists, which could allow your child to pick books that better align with their interests. This makes reading more fun!

Targeted Assessment

Many public schools only assess literacy levels once a year via standardized tests. In a private school, your child’s reading will likely be assessed several times throughout the year. Their teacher will constantly keep track of their progress. Because the assessments are more frequent and more targeted, the teacher can see where your child is making progress and where they are struggling. This helps the teacher know when to adjust the instruction.

Ready to find the best private school for your child? Contact Montessori Academy of Broward today. We can give you a tour and show you how we help children read at a higher level!