App aims to improve literacy at Frankfort Independent Schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A parent-training session will be held on Thursday at Frankfort High School, as Frankfort Independent Schools (FIS) unveil a new app aimed to connect the community and improve literacy among students

The new app, Footsteps2Brilliance®, is a digital literacy solution designed to help children become proficient readers.  It offers English and Spanish reading materials for Pre-K through third grade students.  Books are audible and illustrations are interactive; games test memory and reading comprehension; and, learners can build their own digital book.

The app is designed to keep families engaged in their child’s learning from any mobile device (Apple, Android, Kindle Fire) or traditional computer. Teachers in all Second Street School classes can track student progress through the application in order to tailor instruction to their individual needs.

Kentucky Department of Education data shows 48% of incoming Frankfort Independent School kindergartners are arriving unprepared.  According to 2014-15 Unbridled K-PREP test results, 71.5% FIS third graders are scoring Novice or Apprentice in Reading, meaning they are not on grade level.

Studies shows that students not on level by third grade fall behind other students throughout their school careers.

Teachers are urging parents to join them for a parent-training session on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 PM at Frankfort High School, 328 Shelby Street. Parents/guardians will learn important information about the app and specifics on how it is being used in their child’s classroom.

For more information about the app, visit www.footsteps2brilliance.com. To learn more about Frankfort Independent Schools, log onto www.frankfort.k12.ky.us.

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