This series of interviews will highlight 2015 Pacesetter communities that have made measurable progress and are “leading by example” in summer learning.

First in our series: Mike English, Executive Director of Turn the Page KC in Kansas City, Missouri.

Turn the Page KC was founded by Mayor Sly James in 2011 as an initiative to raise the reading proficiency of third graders, which at the time was only 33%. Volunteer and community organizations began to rally around this mission. In 2015, test scores showed that 3rd grade reading proficiency in Kansas City is now at 49% and appears to be on the rise.

We talked with Mike about reading assessments, data collection tools and their impact across Turn the Page KC programs; the importance of data sharing agreements for obtaining additional funding of summer programs; and how Turn the Page KC has used data to inform curriculum. LISTEN NOW!

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