What Can I Do To Help?

May 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm 5 comments

Admittedly, my first thought when I saw South Bend’s IREAD results was, “Great, another negative for the South Bend schools.”  State-wide, 84% of our students passed IREAD (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination). In South Bend, 72% passed.

IREAD measures basic reading for 3rd graders, to ensure that students can read proficiently before moving to 4th grade. While testing for those students on top of their class sometimes seems like a waste of time, these tests are geared to help the lower performing students. By identifying those that need assistance, and by providing remediation, we can begin to close the achievement gap. As we all know, the foundation laid now will affect students’ future success.

So while you may be thinking something along these lines “well, I hope the schools figure out how to help the students,” I would encourage you to instead think about solutions. What comes to mind? Are there ways that you can help? That others can help?

We all know how important education is to the future of South Bend, so let’s not play the blame game. Let’s instead direct that energy to establish tutoring programs, to volunteer to read with students, to volunteer in the classroom, and all those other great ideas that are swarming around in your head (please share those here!).

To get involved with the reading program at SBCSC, go to their website: https://www.edline.net/pages/SouthBendCSC/Programs

Looking for reading help, try this free website: http://www.readworks.org/

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  • 1. heatherinIN  |  May 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Also remember–that number includes all of those in special education and all English Language Learners. As a large, urban district, South Bend has a higher number of both than in other areas of Indiana, and it’s really an unfair comparison to compare to the statewide number, or even some other local districts.

    So, another thing I think people should do is look at the schools, not just the numbers. If you have young kids and you’re considering SBCSC, visit your neighborhood schools! Don’t just look at the numbers. Look at the schools, go in and talk to the principal, watch a teacher in action. I know I love our school!

    And yes, volunteering to help read with students in school–and with kids before they even start school–is a great help.

    • 2. revitalizesb  |  May 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Very good points! Thanks for contributing. People need to hear this. And, yes, visit the schools in their neighborhoods.

  • 3. Carl  |  May 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The Charles Martin Youth Center is hosting a Reading is a Gift for Life Celebration. The event takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincoln Way West. This is a free event for children ages 5-13 and their parents. There will be celebrity readers, snacks, entertainment and prizes. To RSVP call (574) 280-7092

  • 5. Helen L. Richards  |  May 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Children who have difficulties learning to read need to be seen by specialists in eye and in ears for heaing deficiencies. Learning disabilities often are found to be a need for glasses or aids for ears.

    Reading opens the door to all learning and to success in school.

    All children want to be able to read.


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