Reading: The most important of “The Three Rs”

Reading: The most important of “The Three Rs”
Posted on 04/18/2018
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column 

Any educator – and plenty of academic studies – will tell you that reading is fundamental to a child’s success in school. Reading is the key to the kingdom, because for many kids it unlocks the possibilities of their future. We know that reading not only introduces literature and history to students, it also aids in problem solving in math and science.

As a district, our reading proficiency scores continue to improve. More than 80 percent of our third-grade students pass the reading portion of the STAAR exam on their first try. One of the things that occurs throughout the summer is that children do not always have an academic focus, especially those students that do not have books available in the home. For a number of years now, LISD has collected books through a book drive and distributed them to campuses for the summer. The Summer Reading For All program (#SR4A) is open to all students at all campuses, and it is just one of the ways we are partnering with our community to advance reading skills in our young people.

Our Literacy Partners program matches mentors from 85 faith-based and chamber organizations with more than 900 LISD students to help them to read on grade level. As valuable as that is, I find equal satisfaction in those students having a significant adult in their lives who can serve as a role model. Those relationships are the most important things we can build with our students.

If you do nothing else with your children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren … read with them. Reading helps us to think outside the bounds of where we are and consider the possibilities that await in the future. It is something that has always fueled our passion for educating our students, and I hope it will do the same for yours.