2017-18 Speeding To Read Guidelines

August 23, 2017


How often can I count them
toward the STR competition?

Picture Books

A picture book is a book in which the illustrations dominate and are as important as the words in telling the story. Picture books have traditionally been 32 pages long. In picture books, there are illustrations on every page or on one of every pair of facing pages.
  • For KG and 1st graders, each counts as one book read with a max of 20 per turn for a student.
  • For 2nd graders, it also counts as one book read with a max of 16 per Turn.
  • Picture books DO NOT count for 3rd-5th graders unless the student is “reading challenged” and this is their level.
Guided Reading Books Guided reading is a teaching approach designed to help individual readers build an effective system for processing increasingly challenging texts over time. The teacher forms a group of students that are alike enough in their development of a reading process that it makes sense to teach them together for a period of time. When read independently, they count as a book read. They DO NOT count when read with the teacher at the guided reading table/group.

  • For KG-2nd, each counts as one book.
  • For 3rd-5th, 5 guided reading books count as 1 book and the maximum that will count is 15 per Turn.
Fiction/Non-Fiction Books

Both types are encouraged in the Speeding To Read program Dependent upon what category they fit into for scoring
Graphic Novels Graphic novels are in comic-strip format but can be fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy or anything in between
  • For KG-1st, counts as 4 guided books
  • For 2nd grade, counts as 3 books
  • For Grades 3-5, counts as 1 book
Chapter Books A variety of books that contain multiple chapters
  • For KG-1st, each chapter read equals 4 Guided Reading books
  • For 2nd grade, each chapter read equals 3 books.
  • For 3rd-5th, 100 or less pages counts as 1 book; 101-200 = 2 books; 201-300 – 3 books, etc
Read-Aloud Books

Books read aloud by the teacher in the classroom
  • Kindergarten and 1st graders are only eligible.
  • Teacher can count only a max of two per week.
  • Read-aloud books at home by parents does not count toward the competition.
Reading-Challenged Students Students reading well below the standard for their grade level

Teachers/administration can identify these students and adjust the guidelines, lifting the maximum limits to not hamper their reading progress.

School Reading vs. Home Reading

Speeding To Read encourages students to not only read independently in school, but also at home or while in after-school programs. All books read independently during the school day, at home or at after-school programs count in the competition. STR reading logs are available and set up specifically for Kindergarten-1st graders, 2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders that can be used both in school and at home. It is encouraged for teachers to make sure that students have logs to take home and record the books they read while outside of school.

Minimum Reading Goals For Students At Each School

At each of the four turns, students are challenged to reach a minimum goal of books read and that determines the success rate for scoring the classrooms and schools per turn and overall.

Due to the shortened timeframe of four weeks and one day for Turn 1, the minimum goal to be achieved is 10 books for Kindergarten-2nd grade students and any combination of books that equals three chapter books for 3rd-5th grade students.

For Turns 2, 3 and 4, the minimum goal is 25 books per turn for Kindergarten–2nd-grade students and six (6) chapter books for 3rd–5th-grade students

Individual Competition

Top readers will be recognized by the total number of books read DURING each turn and not cumulatively to that point. The top overall individual reader from among all the schools competing in KG-2nd and 3-5 will be recognized at the end of Turn 1, Turn 2, Turn 3 and Turn 4 for the amount of books they read during that Turn segment. EVERY school will recognize their individual leaders in K-2 and 3-5 at each turn with a foam-core “race car” sign that will hang outside the classroom door of that individual. The top overall individuals in K-2 and 3-5 at each turn from among all the schools will receive a prize pack. These students will be your Turn Leaders. The overall Speeding To Read individual champions will be determined by their cumulative total for all four turns and crowned at the season-ending awards assembly at TMS. We will recognize the overall individual reading champions for each grade level (KG-5th) at the assembly with a trophy and prizes. Also at the assembly, we will recognize the top KG-2nd and 3rd-5th individual reader at EVERY school and award them a trophy and prize pack.

Classroom Competition

There also will be a competition among all the classrooms in Speeding To Read to promote teamwork in a smaller group setting and classmates helping each other reach the goal for each turn. The classroom competition will be split between Kindergarten-2nd grade classrooms and 3rd-5th-grade classrooms. The classroom leaders will be determined by the average number of books read per student in the respective classroom (Number of books read by the classroom divided by the number of students. Ex. Class of 20 students reads 200 books for an average of 10.0 per student). The top classroom in KG-2nd and 3-5 will be recognized with prize packs at the end of Turn 1, Turn 2, Turn 3 and Turn 4 for the amount of books they read during that Turn segment. At EVERY school, we will provide you with a foam-core Speeding To Read “Goodyear or Firestone tire” sign to hang outside of the classroom door to recognize your top K-2 and 3-5 classroom at each turn. The overall Speeding To Read classroom champions will be determined by their cumulative average for all four turns and crowned at the season-ending awards assembly.

School Competition

Speeding To Read has each school’s entire student body compete against the other schools to promote teamwork and striving for a common goal. Due to the difference in school enrollment sizes, we determine the school standings in the divisions by the percentage of students from the entire enrollment number that met or exceeded their reading goals at that segment (turn) of the competition. At the conclusion of the competition, division champions will be crowned and earn a trophy for the school. From those two division champs, the overall champion will be crowned based off the higher cumulative percentage for all four turns. The division champions are rewarded with a food party such as frozen custard, hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza, etc. for the entire student body and faculty during the final week of school.

Most Improved Reader

A Most Improved Reader will be nominated for KG-2nd and 3-5 by every school near the close of the competition. Each school will submit the name with information of why this student is deserving of the award. Those two readers will be recognized as well as receive trophies and prize packs at the championship assembly.

Logging Results

At the close of the competition for each turn, every school is responsible for logging their results for their students. To make this program successful and crown the rightful students, it is imperative that we have accurate logs and accountability from the teachers and the parents. If you notice a dramatic jump in a student’s reading totals for a turn, please ensure its accuracy since it affects individual students, classrooms and the school totals. The logging system is housed on the password-protected, administrative side of the speedingtoread.wpengine.com website. Each school will be given a specific password(s) to log their totals. The “Key Dates” document lists the deadlines for each turn. It is important that every teacher inputs their classroom on time since it can affect the individuals, classroom and overall school scoring per turn and overall totals come championship time.

Speeding To Read Website

Texas Motor Speedway created a website dedicated to the Speeding to Read program at speedingtoread.wpengine.com. The website is public and houses results, press releases, photo gallery, video, FAQs, mission statement, overview of the program, sponsors and TMS contact info. It also contains a password-protected microsite for administrators. We encourage all schools to make your administration and parents aware of the public site since their class, school or child could be featured in the news, photos or video portions of the site. The password-protected area for administration will include materials such as the program guidelines, key dates, templates for certificates, logging results, etc.