Reading First is a federal grant project that aims to improve reading instruction and ensures that students are reading on grade level by the end of grade three.
Palm Pilots are used to track student progress monthly and teachers are able to pinpoint where a students needs more attention. Funds are also used to hire additional teachers to assist with planning and training.
The federal reading program is in 36 Title I schools in 21 counties in West Virginia.
US Secretary of Education Rod Paige 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.