Reinforcing Reading In 2014-2015, only 25% of DC Public Schools (DCPS) students met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 English language-arts (ELA) assessments. In an effort to target the negative impacts of this achievement gap, TFS has added read alouds (grades 1-2) and shared reading (grades 3-5) to the afterschool curriculum. Using culturally responsive texts, the read aloud books are specifically chosen to align with the standards being taught during the day and TFS’ life skills themes. This new component is aimed to develop students’ language skills, reinforce their reading and comprehension skills, and most importantly foster a love for reading and learning. For more information about The Fishing School and to get involved, please visit www.fishingschool.org, or call (202) 399-3618. We also invite you to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow our Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.