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Data Wayfinding Partnership for the Improvement of Literacy

The CNMI Public School System (PSS) is building a stronger culture of data use at the classroom, school, and systemwide levels, particularly regarding K–3 student literacy instruction and learning outcomes. REL Pacific is supporting CNMI PSS as it identifies strategies and creates and delivers professional development to strengthen data-driven decision-making processes across schools regarding student reading interventions within PSS’s multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). The CNMI Data Wayfinding Partnership is named for the traditional system of navigation through which wayfinders use observational data of the seas and skies to guide their travels across the open ocean.

This partnership will develop resources to help CNMI educators gain a deeper awareness of the evidence-base for Tier 2 interventions and will study patterns of how PSS’ students are being flagged for those interventions. Lastly, the partnership will design and deliver professional learning for teachers to enhance their data literacy and understanding of effective Tier 2 reading interventions and deepen their understanding and use of formative assessment.

Partner Organization(s): CNMI Public School System

This project is supporting educators in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Public School System (PSS) in improving their data-driven decision making when assigning students to Tier 2 reading interventions, as well as identifying potential areas of improvement for Tier 1 literacy instruction. By the end of this project, CNMI PSS central office staff and principals will develop and launch a plan to address early literacy intervention, while building their knowledge of evidence-based data practices within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to support early literacy.

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