IDEA is reimagining its top reading program and with that comes a new name. It’s called: Royal Readers.
The Royal Readers Program is a district-wide reading incentive program for students in grade levels 1-8.
The goal of Royal Readers is to foster further reading development, growth, and a life-long love for reading at IDEA Public Schools. IDEA knows great readers make great learners, so we emphasize reading not only during English & Language Arts class and in the Accelerated Reader Zone, but also while waiting in the lunch line, riding home on the bus, before bed, and when classwork is finished early.
Great readers make great learners. If students can’t read, they certainly can’t solve a math word problem or grasp science concepts. In fact, The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores in school. Does your child’s school place tremendous importance on reading? Apply now so your child can participate in the reading and learning fun.
Through this new program, IDEA students will read read read as they climb the ladder towards Royal Reader status. Progress is tracked through the Accelerated Reader Zone. Upon finishing a book, students test on the title as a way to monitor their understanding of what they have read.
How does one become a Royal Reader? Two criteria must be met: word count and comprehension. Academy students become Royal Readers when they’ve read at least one million words and have at least an average comprehension test score of eighty-five percent correct. College preparatory students achieve Royal Reader status when they’ve read two million words at an eight-five percent test accuracy.
The challenge is on, as students across the district are reading their way to this special milestone. Students received extra motivation just a few weeks ago, as Cressida Cowell, author of the acclaimed How to Train your Dragon series, announced that she plans to attend IDEA Royal Reader Celebration as a featured guest! Cowell will speak and present to students who’ve met the Royal Reader Goal. What’s more, students will dress up as they commemorate their reading achievement with fellow students and IDEA leaders!
We can’t wait to see how many IDEA students achieve reading royalty this year.
Your child can join IDEA and become a Royal Reader.