HOUSTON, TX – Parents have all sorts of expectation about their kids. They want them to grow up healthy and strong, to be kind and compassonate to others and to one day be on their own. But before “junior” can get his act together and finally leave the family nest, the one thing every child must do is to be able to read.
The Houston Independent School District is taking what they call “bold, dramatic steps” to improve reading proficiency of students in nearly 90 percent of HISD elementary schools. Their plan is called “Literacy by 3” because they want every student to read at grade level by the third grade.
What HISD has found is shocking. According to the school district, only 37 percent of our second-grade student are proficient readers. That number drops down to 22 percent by fourth grade.
scary news, but to ease your minds HISD will spend about $9 million dollars to revamp their reading programs, and they anticipate it will take three years to fully implement the plan. Now that makes the grade in our book!