Read To Ride Shows Marked Increase

Third-Graders See Marked Improvement Through "Read To Ride"
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This is the image for the news article titled Third-Graders See Marked Improvement Through "Read To Ride"Seventy-eight percent of Marshall ISD third-grade students met their individual goals for grade-level reading growth in 2018-2019, an increase of 18 percent when compared to last year under the district’s “Read to Ride” program.

The program, sponsored and completely funded by Mission Marshall, rewards all eligible third-graders with a brand new bicycle for achieving their reading improvement target for the year. In total, 324 of the district’s 423 third-grade students increased their reading grade level by over 0.5 to 1.0 for the course of the school year.

Mission Marshall, with over $22,000 in private donations for “Read to Ride,” purchased all the bicycles with Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center pitching in to help provide red-and-white safety helmets for the students.

At Sam Houston Elementary School, 84 of 86 third-graders (98 percent), met their “Read to Ride” goal and earned a bike. William B. Travis Elementary School third-graders had the next-highest percentage, with 86 percent (99 of 114) earning the reward.

Fifty-three of 85 students at Price T. Young Elementary School (63 percent) and 88 of 138 third-graders at David Crockett Elementary (64 percent) also earned their “Read to Ride” bicycles this year.

Sam Houston and William B. Travis students tied for the highest improvement in overall grade level reading, with Sam Houston jumping from a 3.3 average reading grade level among its students at the beginning of the year to 4.4 at the end, a change of plus-1.1.

WBT third-graders matched that plus-1.1 improvement, jumping from 2.6 grade level reading skills to 3.7 by the end of the year.

Readers at Crockett and PTY improved by plus-0.8 apiece, with Crockett jumping from 2.5 to 3.3 and PTY going from 2.1 to 2.9.

Overall in MISD, in the two years of the “Read to Ride” program, district third-grade average reading levels have jumped from 2.3 district-wide in 2015-2016 to 3.1 in 2016-2017 to a current 3.4 in 2017-2018.

The “Read to Ride” program was launched in October 2016 as a joint effort between Mission Marshall and MISD to promote a love of reading and to improve the overall reading skills of Marshall third-graders. The program assesses a broad range of reading skills, identifies where each student is on a learning progression, provides a clear picture of each student’s reading abilities and suggested resources to match specific needs, and empowers students to make decisions about their learning.

Promotion of this year’s “Read to Ride” began in September, although this year’s third-graders had first-row seats at last May’s celebrations as second-graders as an inspiration and foundation for their goals this year. Current second-grade students are also in attendance at this year’s “Read to Ride” presentations for their campus third-graders.

The district’s goal was to increase the number of students earning bicycles to 75 percent, and MISD exceeded that goal with 78 percent.