Virginia's Fourth Graders Raising the Bar for Reading

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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TIMBERVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- Fourth grade classrooms in Virginia are doing things differently when it comes to picking up a book.

43 percent Virginia's students have met or exceeded the NAEP proficiency standard.

Fourth graders at Plains Elementary School read in literacy circles.

Teachers said that having leadership roles within the groups holds students more accountable.

The goal is to get students to use critical thinking skills because those are incorporated more in upcoming tests.

"Instead of asking students what is, where is, who is sort of questions, we're asking our students to do more activities, answer more questions along the line of comparing and contrasting," said Johna McFarland, the Director of Instruction with the Rockingham County Public Schools

The NAEP proficiency standard involves a random sampling of schools. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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