Summer 2009 Highlights:
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
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