Reading First Schools Achieve AYP Success

September 15, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - The results are in and West Virginia’s Reading First Schools are making the grade. Of the 36 schools participating in the federal Reading First program, 33 met Adequate Yearly Progress in all subgroups, as required by No Child Left Behind. To further the good news, 27 of the 36 schools met or exceeded the school’s previous year academic status.  

“Implementing the Reading First program for schools was no easy task, but the results have paid off for those schools that committed to the program and stayed the course,” said State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine.  

A collaborative effort between the county project directors, principals, Reading First school coaches and teachers has made the program a success. Schools selected as Reading First schools undergo massive professional development and are committed to specific materials and assessment to improve student reading achievement.  

“Thirty-three Reading First schools that met AYP are certainly deserving of praise and accolades for their dedication and determination,” said Beverly Kingery, state Reading First Project Director.  

Reading First is a federally funded program under No Child Left Behind to improve reading instruction and ensure that students are reading on grade level by the end of grade three. It was announced on July 21, 2003 that West Virginia would receive approximately $43.8 million over the next six years to administer the Reading First program. The funds have been granted to eligible counties.

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