Literacy in Cobb – Building a Foundation for Student Success

When someone wants to highlight the lack of quality education in a certain community, they often point to literacy rates as evidence of a problem. 

People intuitively understand that if a student can’t read, they’ll have a hard time learning anything else. Literacy is foundational to the learning experience; its importance cannot be overstated.  

Without the ability to read, understand what has been read, and critically think through what has been understood while reading, students will be unprepared to face many of the challenges that life will bring their way. 

Literacy, reading and all that comes with it, truly is the foundation upon which one’s education is built. 

For this reason, the Cobb County School District has made literacy a central focus of our efforts to ensure success for each and every child in our care.  

We are providing tools to help parents and learners, from the earliest ages, succeed on their academic path with reading as our very first priority.  

Several years ago the District launched an Early Literacy Initiative in twelve elementary schools in Cobb County. Through the first two years, the initiative has been a rousing success. Here are just a few of the data points which demonstrate our strong our commitment to literacy. 

At the Kindergarten level: 

In the Spring of 2017, only 8% of two cohorts of students (Cohort 1 and Cohort 2) graded ‘on level’ in the Reading Comprehension Assessment (RCA). However, by the Spring of 2018, 67% of students in those cohorts were scoring ‘on level’ in the RCA. 

At the First Grade Level: 

Thanks to our literacy programs, Belmont Hills Elementary saw an additional 25% of students reading ‘on level’ in the first grade, while Green Acres Elementary saw a 24% increase! 

At the Pre-K Level: 

Hendricks Elementary saw some similarly powerful results: 


The Cobb County School District is dedicated to the success of each and every one of our students, and we know that success begins with literacy. That’s why we are so passionate about implementing instructional methods and assessments that help each student develop strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills so they can be lifelong learners.