Maven's Milestones Completes Fifth Year
Impossible Possibilities (IP) held its Maven’s Milestones end-of-year awards ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015, marking its fifth consecutive year hosting the program.
Maven’s Milestones is an incentive-based reading program with more than 1,100 Fort Worth ISD students at Washington Heights (WH), Cesar Chavez (CC) and Woodway (WW) elementary schools participating. The program rewards students for reaching each of “Maven’s Milestones:” Ascent, Afterburner, Approach and Call Sign Maven. Each milestone represents a specific number of points that the students earn by reading books and passing online quizzes.
WH recorded the highest average reading totals of all three schools during the 2014-2015 academic school years, continuing its trend of increased reading growth since the program was originally introduced in 2001. In addition, students at CC increased their average reading point totals by approximately 50%, while students at WW increased by 20% year over year. Finally, 36% of all participating students reached the coveted “Call Sign Maven” level, the highest percentage in the program’s history, compared to 30% in 2013-2014 and 20% in 2013-2012.
"This year’s results were the most competitive we have seen since we first implemented the program,” said Justin Hernandez, co-founder of Impossible Possibilities. “Each school continues to progress in their reading totals, but more importantly, in their overall reading comprehension.”
The percentage of students in grades 3-5 at WH, who earned a “satisfactory” level in their annual STAAR standardized tests, has increased from 60% in 2012 up to 72% in 2014. As a result of the positive program results to date, IP plans to add a fourth school to the program, which would increase the total number of students served to more than 1,400.