"Literacy is more than the ability to read and write. It involves the knowledge, skills and abilities – the competencies – that enable individuals to think critically, communicate effectively, deal with change and solve problems in a variety of contexts to achieve their personal goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society." (Government of Alberta, 2009b, p.6)With a commitment to developing a broad and deep range of literacy skills, GYPSD provides support for a literacy focus in all schools:

  • Leveled Literacy Intervention
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • Adolescent Literacy Strategies
Literacy is the foundation for continuous learning and a vital characteristic of the highly skilled population needed for Alberta’s next generation economy. Literacy has benefits for individuals, society and the economy. Stronger literacy skills are associated with higher income, better health and greater social and civic engagement.(Literacy First, A Plan For Action, 2010)

Every student in GYPSD is screened and assessed at the beginning of each school year to inform the teacher of their strengths and areas for targeted, purposeful interventions.  Screening assessment tools include:

  • 3 Rs Literacy Assessment Screen
  • Highest Level of Achievement Test (H.L.A.T.)
  • Right to Read
  • Reading Readiness Screening Tool (RRST)