No Child Left Behinds Reading First program provides grants to help schools and districts improve childrens reading achievement through scientifically proven methods of instruction. The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Galveston County Daily News highlighting how a local school district in Texas will use Reading First funds to improve students reading skills:
Low reading scores on state assessment tests have the La Marque Independent School District changing the way elementary students are being taught to read.
The school district has been awarded a TEA Reading First Grant to start an intensive reading program in kindergarten through third grade at Highlands, Inter-City and Westlawn elementary schools and the Early Childhood Learning Center. The program is designed to help improve students reading skills and ultimately raise their state test scores.
The grant will provide the schools with more than $780,000 the first year. The grant will be used to enhanced the (TEA) reading academy program that the schools are already using, said May Carol Lieblong, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the school district. We will be hiring literacy coaches at every elementary campus that will be working specifically with the teachers to coach them on the instructional strategies that they need to use to teach reading.
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