January 30, 2004, Extra Credit
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"It's Just a Great Plus for Kids in Schools"

As part of the No Child Left Behind Reading First program, states have received grants to help schools improve children's reading achievement through scientifically proven methods of instruction. Here's a quick look at how these grants are making a difference in schools in Kentucky and Oregon.

KENTUCKY: "Nine Jefferson County elementary schools are among 74 in Kentucky that will receive $89 million in federal money over the next six years to help struggling students learn to read. The schools, announced yesterday, will get between $130,000 and $170,000 each per year to help children in kindergarten through third grade...The schools will use the money to pay for reading coaches, materials and teacher training. They must show steady progress or lose the grants. Districts were eligible if one of their schools had at least 50 percent of its students qualifying for subsidized lunch, and fewer than 50 percent reading at levels the state considers ‘proficient.’…‘It's just a great plus for kids in schools,’ said Lue Peabody, the Jefferson County district's director of instructional support." - Louisville Courier-Journal

OREGON: "Primary students at David Hill Elementary School get double the reading instruction this year. A Reading First grant lets kindergarten through third graders spend 90 minutes each school day learning and practicing reading skills. Much of the three-year grant is funding an on-site reading coach, said principal Ann Doyle. The coach handles paperwork, helps track student performance and plans lessons with teachers. ‘Having a specialist in reading on campus is a godsend,’ Doyle said. ‘It pays teachers to work together to collaborate with all the specialists.’ The grant allowed the school to purchase materials and it helps train teachers to use them, two pieces Doyle called essential to good teaching. ‘It’s improved and changed some instruction for kids,’ Doyle said. ‘It's exciting to see the teachers excited and it's exciting to see the gains that the kids are making.’" – Hillsboro Argus


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