The University of Iowa

Leavenworth and Atchison (Kan.) LiNK Evaluation

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Partner School Districts

Leavenworth Unified School District 453 and Atchison Unified School District 409



Number of Schools Participating


Number of Students Participating


Grades Involved

Pre-kindergarten–Grade 12


The Atchison and Leavenworth school districts in Kansas, as a consortium, are partnering with the Iowa Reading Research Center to evaluate the implementation of a birth through Grade 12 literacy initiative. 

As an external evaluator, the Iowa Reading Research Center is collecting and analyzing data related to four outcomes identified by the consortium:

  1. Impact on students’ literacy achievement
  2. Impact on teachers’ literacy knowledge and pedagogical practices
  3. Community outreach and participation
  4. Overall sustainability of the project

The Iowa Reading Research Center is also monitoring the consortium’s adherence to project goals, tracking the effectiveness of the different elements of the program, and providing data-driven guidance through the duration of the program. 

The consortium is one of eight grantees selected by the Kansas Department of Education to participate in the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK). LiNK is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program. Each grantee developed its own program based on local needs to advance literacy skills of children from birth to Grade 12.

In addition to working directly with the Atchison and Leavenworth districts, the Iowa Reading Research Center is collaborating with the external evaluators of the seven other Literacy Network of Kansas consortiums to support the overall statewide evaluation of LiNK.