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Summer 2009 Highlights: 
1)  Thirty five Cohort I Schools completed year six of the Reading First grant participation.
2)  Reading First sponsored professional development focusing on vocabulary and comprehension instructional techniques in the early and adolescent classrooms.
3)  End of Year Assessment data indicated an overall growth in the number of students benchmarking and a decrease in the number of students requiring intensive services.
4) A national report, as presented by Dr. Conaty July 2009 in Cincinnati, West Virginia ranks second nationally in reading fluency growth as compared to other 2005-2008 (Cohort I) participants.

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. US Secretary of Education Rodney 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. These funds have been granted to eligible counties.

Eligible counties have designed reading instruction based on scientific research. Reading First will include assessments, a core reading instructional program and materials, professional development, access to print, management teams, and evaluation. Each Reading First school has a reading mentor teacher (coach) to assist with implementation of the program in the school.

Reading First approved counties were:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Hampshire, Hardy, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wirt. 

During the 2008/09 school year, Reading First served forty-two schools across twenty-five West Virginia Counties.  Thirty-six of these schools have now completed six years of Reading First grant participation and are no longer eligible for full funding to support the continuation of the Reading First tenets.  The remaining six schools, referred to as Cohort II, will be fully funded during the 2009/10 school year.  Cohort II counties include Kanawha, McDowell, Mingo, Webster, and Wirt.  Each county has only one participating school with the exception of Mingo having two

RF Lesson Plan Dr. Anita Archer's Presentations
RF Lesson Plan in Excel - Revised 10-14-09 Before Reading Strategies
  During Reading Strategies
  After Reading Strategies
De-coding Instruction
Read Aloud - Wolf
Alternative Passage Reading

University of Oregon Consumer's Guide To Evaluating A Core Reading Program

How to Evaluate a
Core Reading Program Using
the Simmons and Kame'enui Guide
(Power Point presentation)

Florida Center for Reading Research: Supplemental and Intervention Programs

Oregon Reading First Supplemental and Intervention Programs Review


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