Thirteen Counties Selected for Reading First Grants

February 06, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. State Schools Superintendent David Stewart announced that 13 counties have been awarded Reading First grants. The thirteen counties and eight additional anticipated counties will share more than $6 million per year for the next three years. U.S. Secretary of Education, Rodney Paige, announced last summer that West Virginia would receive approximately $43.8 million over the next six years to administer the Reading First program.  

Reading First is a federally funded program under the No Child Left Behind Act to improve reading instruction and ensure that students are reading on grade level by the end of the third grade. Selected counties will design reading instruction based on scientific research. Reading First will include assessments, instructional programs and materials, professional development, access to print, leadership, and evaluation.  

The first thirteen recipients are: Calhoun, Doddridge, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Nicholas, Preston, Summers, Upshur and Wetzel. Eight additional counties are anticipated to receive grant awards at a later date.

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