Riser Middle School

West Monroe, LA



  • Generation Ready partnered with Riser Middle School in 2014 to implement the Middle School Literacy Initiative (MSLI)
  • MSLI is a comprehensive approach to raising literacy outcomes
  • The primary focus of the work was to improve the instruction of Tier I literacy instruction across content areas

Focus of Services:

  • Generation Ready provided 60 days of onsite coaching support
  • Supported the use of a universal reading screener to target instruction and monitor student progress
  • Improved Tier I literacy instruction by supporting teachers in:
    • Increasing the quantity and quality of student time on text
    • Providing explicit reading comprehension instruction
    • Increasing the volume of academic vocabulary
    • Expanding academic discussion


  • Results are for the 459 students who took the DRP in Fall 2014, and 435 students who took the DRP in Spring 2015
  • As seen in the table to the right, Riser Middle School exceeded the national annual growth for the DRP score by an average of 115%
  • Greatest growth was seen in 8th grade
  • Over 10% growth of students reading above grade level
  • Over 13% drop of students at risk / two-or-more grade levels below