SAReads is a project of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. to successfully teach children to read by empowering teachers in high-poverty schools to use science-based reading instruction (SBRI).
Literacy San Antonio, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established in 2010. Literacy San Antonio, Inc. excels at building partnerships to unite universities, school administrators, parents, teachers, future teachers, and the community in order to help students achieve reading proficiency. Literacy San Antonio, Inc. programs are based on modern reading and brain research.
Literacy San Antonio, Inc. evaluates reading outcomes using data provided by the school district (IStation and STAAR), the same data used by school administrators and the State of Texas.
Science-Based Reading Instruction
Students at risk of reading failure have excellent prospects for success if they are identified early and taught properly using Science-Based Reading Instruction (SBRI). Modern brain research proves even the most at-risk children learn to read proficiently with proper instruction. However, 72% of Texas 4th graders do not read on grade level. SAReads is raising the quality of instruction because 95% of children can achieve reading proficiency with proper instruction.
In 2000, the National Reading Panel report identified "five essential components” of effective reading programs, including phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension strategies. The ideas, content and practices in the report require specialized disciplinary knowledge that is difficult to acquire through typical teacher education channels (only 39% of undergraduate teacher certification programs include instruction on all five components). Consequently, most teachers are not prepared to meet their students’ literacy and language needs and most children don't read proficiently.