FAQ

Catch Up & Read is a community funded project.

What are your results?

2013-2014 results reflect our outstanding impact: 94% showed improvement. Of those ...

  • 87% reached their grade level in reading.
  • 77% advanced one or more reading grade levels.
  • 61% made double digit percentile gains.
  • 50% ended the year in Tier 1 proficiency.
  • 60% advanced tiers.
  • 21% advanced from Tier 3 to Tier 1. - Tier 3 denotes the lowest performing student requiring intensive intervention and Tier 1 indicates a student reading at proficient grade level and not requiring further intervention.

Since 2009:

  • 80% of Catch Up & Read students showed improvement.
  • 60% reached grade level reading.
  • 50% advanced 1 or more grade levels.
  • 40% advanced 1 or more tier levels.
  • 10% advanced from Tier 3 to Tier 1.

Compared to DISD student peers, Catch Up & Read students are:

  • 2x more likely to advance from Tier 3 to Tier 1.
  • 30% more likely to advance to the next tier level.

What is Catch Up & Read’s instructional Model?

Based on John J. Ratey’s brain health research (“SPARK”), Catch Up & Read begins each after school session with hydration, snacks and 30 minutes of vigorous exercise. Ratey’s research indicates that 20 minutes of vigorous exercise leads to 4-6 hours of increased focus.

Catch Up & Read has a blended learning model which incorporates small group, teacher directed instruction and computer-based assessments and practice. Research points to small group instruction as the key to the maximizing results for low performing students. Technology delivers a method for using real time data to inform critical instruction.

Catch Up & Read’s classroom rotation includes read aloud, vocabulary, small group individualized instruction, paired reading and computerized modules.


What kind of campus support do you provide?

Catch Up & Read works with leadership to develop a campus wide priority for literacy throughout the school day. Catch Up & Read recognizes that low performing students require additional time and repetition in order to master reading concepts. Therefore, after school tutoring is provided for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students. Low performing students receive 3 hours of after school tutoring in teacher directed classes with 8:1 student/teacher ratio's.

A critical element for Catch Up & Read's model is providing weekly professional development for teachers. The world's leading educational systems maintain a significant investment in ongoing professional development.

Monthly principal meetings reinforce accountability and provide an opportunity to adjust interventions that maximize campus-wide reading improvement.


Why are teacher trainings important?

Teacher trainings equip teachers with effective intervention strategies for low performing students. Training encourages teacher collaboration and shared best practices. Teachers report taking these strategies back to their regular classroom and that their experience in CAR makes them better teachers. Reading teachers campus-wide are encouraged to participated in ongoing Catch Up & Read trainings.


Why use Technology?

Technology yields accountability and can be scaled to meet the unique needs of each individual student, increasing the likelihood of student mastery. As part of Dallas ISD’s Destination 2020, developing technology proficiency is essential.

Catch Up & Read teaches campus leadership to use data proactively to set the course for intervention efforts. Historical patterns of compiling data in the beginning, middle and end of year have been used to measure results, rather than to proactively inform instruction.


Why Istation?

ISTATION’S diagnostic tool (ISIP) and integrated curriculum has been endorsed by TEA with unlimited access to Dallas ISD students in grades K-8.

ISIP is the recognized leader in student assessments. The ISIP data shows a strong correlation with Texas STAAR exams.


How do you pick the kids for the program?

Catch Up & Read targets at-risk elementary students in grades 1 through 3 who are behind grade level reading (Tier 2 & Tier 3). All students are given a diagnostic assessment (Istation’s Indicators of Progress or ISIP). The assessment pinpoints each child's deficiencies and RTI (Response to Intervention) tier level. Catch Up & Read also reviews ITBS and STAAR scores and gathers recommendations from principals and teachers. The number of students varies according to campus enrollment, with an average of 50 students per campus.


Why can’t these kids get the help they need during the school day?

Average students need up to three repetitions to master a concept. Low performing students often require 10 or more repetitions. Catch Up & Read offers the after school time and essential repetitions that a low performing student absolutely needs.


What is the benefit of collecting data?

  1. Catch Up & Read tracks data in order to determine our impact and desired output, and makes adjustments necessary to maximize student outcomes.

  2. Teachers use assessment data to:

    • Inform instruction
    • Track precise areas of struggle and to present targeted intervention lessons
    • Develop individualized student plans
    • Report to parents
    • Direct Students toward special services

  3. Principals, DISD directors and supervisors access reporting data to:

    • Set a course for campus-wide reading improvement
    • Identify individual, class, grade level or campus progress made toward reading proficiency
    • Determine effectiveness of intervention lessons delivered by teachers


Why not use volunteers in order to keep the costs down?

A professional teacher can quickly ascertain if the lesson is being understood, and will adjust their presentation accordingly. The struggling student needs someone who has the professional resources to make tactical adjustments.


How many teachers do you use for after school tutoring on each campus?

Catch Up & Read engages one Lead Teacher per campus and approximately six Catch Up & Read teachers for after school tutoring. This model is adjusted according to enrollment. Students are grouped in 8:1 Student/Teacher ratios.


What about self esteem—can you really measure that?

It is hard to measure self esteem; however, students proudly read aloud and raise their hands in class to participate, where they had not done so before. Students report reading better, and talking more! Disciplinary issues have gone down and parents report positive attitude and behavioral changes in their children.


How often does Catch Up & Read meet?

Catch Up & Read meets two afternoons each week on the school campus.


Do kids like coming?

Students say Catch Up & Read feels like a special club. Elementary students love the opportunity to be with the teachers and they like the special attention. Catch Up & Read is intentionally designed to be fun. Students also enjoy being on the computer.


How do the teachers like Catch Up & Read?

Teachers have reported that “this is what teaching is supposed to be like”! Small group instruction, homogeneous groups of students. Catch Up & Read teachers agree they see significant improvement with Catch Up & Read students. 95% of our teachers choose to return to participate in Catch Up & Read.


What campuses are you serving?

Catch Up & Read is currently serving Cabell Elementary, Cochran Elementary, Gooch Elementary, and Junkins Elementary Schools.


What is the cost per campus?

Catch Up & Read is available at $45,000 per campus per school year. The major cost is teacher salaries.


Is Catch Up & Read a non-profit organization?

Catch Up & Read is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


How much do you pay your teachers?

Catch Up & Read teachers are paid $25 per hour.


Can my child come from a different school to participate?

Catch Up & Read is limited to the students currently enrolled on that campus. For more information on getting your school involved, please contact us at catchupandread@gmail.com.


Are there volunteer opportunities?

There are always ways to help serve at-risk students. Please contact us for more information at catchupandread@gmail.com.


How can I donate?

Visit our website at http://catchupandread.org/donate.html or contact us at catchupandread@gmail.com.


Do you have corporate sponsorships? Can we adopt a school?

Please visit our website at http://catchupandread.org/ or contact us at catchupandread@gmail.com.