MCAS http://wamc.org en "Born Learning Trail" Opens To Promote Early Literacy In Pittsfield http://wamc.org/post/born-learning-trail-opens-promote-early-literacy-pittsfield <p></p><p>Monday’s ceremony marked the installation of the Born Learning Trail, a series of signs along a pathway through a playground at Springside Park in Pittsfield, aimed young children and their families to encourage outdoor activity and reading.</p><p></p><p>The Born Learning Trail comes from efforts by Pittsfield Promise, a city-wide coalition that is working through a variety of projects with a goal of boosting&nbsp; reading proficiency levels among Pittsfield third-graders to 90 percent by 2020.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 65139 at http://wamc.org "Born Learning Trail" Opens To Promote Early Literacy In Pittsfield Holyoke City Hall Hires Literacy Coordinator http://wamc.org/post/holyoke-city-hall-hires-literacy-coordinator <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The latest results of standardized tests taken by Massachusetts students were a mixed bag.&nbsp; The &nbsp;2012 MCAS scores were the highest in the 14 year&nbsp; history of the test.&nbsp; Education officials say the achievement gap is closing between minorities and whites.&nbsp; But early childhood education advocates decry the lack of progress in third grade reading, which is a strong predictor of future success in school. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 48114 at http://wamc.org Holyoke City Hall Hires Literacy Coordinator