Believe & Read
Advancing student literacy from page one
Reading is the foundation for educational success and life opportunities. In the early grades, students learn to read. By the third grade, they are reading to learn. Yet, 60 percent of all American students are not reading at grade level by the third grade! The average number of young struggling readers in our Catholic schools is closer to 20 percent. While this is certainly better than the national average, this is not good enough for us.
We have found a solution to this challenge. It’s a partnership with Groves Academy, a national expert in reading instruction. We call it Believe and Read. It is a three-year program that transforms literacy instruction through outstanding professional development and teacher coaching. One of the things we like best about Believe and Read is that it helps launch ALL students to the next level, in addition to helping those who struggle.
In the first two years of the pilot, every student was reading at or beyond grade level by year two.
Help students like Henry!
Henry, now a 3rd grade student at Holy Spirit Catholic School in St. Paul, struggled with reading.
“Upon entering first grade, Henry struggled with basic reading concepts,” said his mom, Meg. “Even tackling simple readers was a battle.”
Fortunately, Henry was the beneficiary of Believe and Read.
“Through the initiative, my son is now a proficient reader. He even writes his own stories!” said Meg. “To me, having a child who wants to read and write in his spare time is the best success we could have gotten.”