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State to Receive Nearly $6 million for Statewide Reading Program

August 16, 1999

State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie announced today that West Virginia will receive $5.99 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help improve the reading skills of all West Virginians, specifically pre-kindergarten through third-grade children.  

West Virginia was one of 17 states to receive grant funding under the new Reading Excellence Act that allows states to create programs that use reading research to improve the skills of students, particularly at-risk students during the critical primary grades.  

The West Virginia Department of Education's, READING FOR ALL, is a comprehensive program that places emphasis on professional development, prevention and intervention of reading difficulties, and family literacy opportunities through three components: Learning to Read (grades K-4); Reading to Learn (grades 5-12); and Reading to Succeed (adult basic education).  

"READING FOR ALL includes students, parents and teachers as vital to the state's overall strategy for successful learning," noted State Superintendent Dr. Marockie. "This project will ensure all students achieve the basic skills necessary for independent reading and will target early intervention."  

The Reading Excellence grant will also provide additional funds for intervention in grades K-3 and increase the rate of implementation and impact of the program in high need school districts, thereby increasing student achievement for these students who are most at-risk.  

The West Virginia Department of Education will provide professional development and training activities through the selection of a cadre of teachers as reading experts who will form a critical mass of local experts. These experts will provide on-site, ongoing intensive professional development for all K-3 teachers in the eligible schools.  

Thirty-eight counties are eligible for funds. They are: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wood and Wyoming.  

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