Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Program to Boost First-Graders Up to Reading Level Called a Success

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Program to Boost First-Graders Up to Reading Level Called a Success

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A new program aimed at teaching first-graders to read is a success, teachers told the Kirkwood School Board Monday night.

The Reading Recovery Program's goal is to intercept first-graders who are below average in their reading ability before they advance on to higher grades or before they become frustrated with school.

Superintendent David Damerall said the program was the best that he has ever seen.

What makes the program successful? Teachers say it's the one-on-one philosophy of the program.

Pam Miller, a Keysor Elementary School teacher, brought the program to Kirkwood two years ago. She said nearly all of the students graduate from the program after 20 weeks of individual sessions.

Miller said the program focuses on word and letter recognition, vocabulary and sound recognition. Students who complete the program are either at or above their grade level in reading.

In the first year, she said, five of seven children were graduated from the program and in the second year, 12 of 14 finished the program. …

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