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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2000
At this year's school budget hearings in Anne Arundel County, some of the most passionate pleas for funding came from parents of struggling readers. Threatened with the loss of money for teachers in a program called Reading Recovery, parents successfully won $155,000 in local funds to make up for state and federal cuts that threatened the reading effort, which provides daily, one-on-one, 30-minute tutoring sessions to a selected group of low-performing first-graders. It was a vote of confidence in an expensive but popular program that school officials in Anne Arundel County insist is cost-effective, though each Reading Recovery teacher in the 21 participating elementary schools serves only eight first-graders a year.
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May 17, 2007
Areport released last week has reinforced that the reading improvement program that has been part of the federal No Child Left Behind law has been awash in cronyism and conflicts of interest. The report, prepared by staff members for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, attests to the level of congressional interest in the problems with the program - and underscores the need for changes in the law as soon as possible. In addition, the Department of Education needs to be able to show Congress and the public that its procedures are transparent and above board.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
Every day, 7-year-old Crystal engages in a remarkable act by the standards of most elementary schools: The first-grader gets a one-on-one reading lesson with her teacher for 30 minutes."
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2001
Monday morning through Thursday afternoon, Stephanie Brocato is the teacher, sitting in a small chair at a kid-sized table, helping first-graders at Annapolis' Georgetown East Elementary School work through brightly illustrated books and writing exercises. Thursday evening and Friday, she is the student, learning about an intensive reading skills program and earning graduate credits at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania through a $10,000 scholarship awarded by a private foundation to promote reading education.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2000
Many first-graders who strengthened their reading skills in an intensive intervention program that acts as a "safety net" for low-achieving children were able to sustain those gains in the second and third grades, according to county school officials. A study conducted in the spring tested the reading skills of 120 second- and third-graders who received Reading Recovery instruction when they were in first grade and compared the results to a control group of higher-achieving children in the same grades.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2000
Many Anne Arundel first-graders who strengthened their reading skills in an intensive intervention program that acts as a "safety net" for low-achieving children were able to sustain those gains in the second and third grades, according to county school officials. A study conducted in the spring tested the reading skills of 120 second- and third-graders who received Reading Recovery instruction when they were in first grade and compared the results with a control group of higher-achieving children in the same grades.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1998
A dozen or so Howard County educators huddle one recent afternoon in a darkened room, peering through a one-way mirror, secretly watching a child struggle to read.As Ryan Woodall, 6, negotiates the sounds and sentences in a book for beginning readers, he substitutes "the" for "his" and stumbles over "foot." The teachers notice when his eyes linger over some words, when his fingers move across the page faster than he reads.They recognize the signs of a beginning reader compensating for his weaknesses.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2001
Monday morning through Thursday afternoon, Stephanie Brocato is the teacher, sitting in a small chair at a kid-sized table, helping first-graders at Annapolis' Georgetown East Elementary School work through brightly illustrated books and writing exercises. Thursday evening and Friday, she is the student, learning about an intensive reading skills program and earning graduate credits at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania through a $10,000 scholarship awarded by a private foundation to promote reading education.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
Teacher receives scholarship to train in Reading Recovery Stephanie Brocato, a first-grade teacher at Georgetown East Elementary in Annapolis, has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Goizueta Foundation Scholars Program. The grant will fund a year of training at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania to prepare Brocato as a Reading Recovery teacher and trainer. Reading Recovery, an early intervention program for low-achieving first-graders, features one-on-one tutoring and lessons in spelling, comprehension and letter-sound relationships.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1998
Bonnie Reeder can't talk about teaching the slowest readers in first grade at Annapolis Elementary School without getting choked up. She spends a half-hour a day with a poor reader, for three months, and turns the child into a confident reader.She does it with Reading Recovery, a system of bringing slow readers up to speed that was developed in New Zealand and combines the whole-language and phonics approaches to instruction.Reading Recovery is used in 12 schools in Howard County and 16 in Anne Arundel County.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
Teacher receives scholarship to train in Reading Recovery Stephanie Brocato, a first-grade teacher at Georgetown East Elementary in Annapolis, has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Goizueta Foundation Scholars Program. The grant will fund a year of training at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania to prepare Brocato as a Reading Recovery teacher and trainer. Reading Recovery, an early intervention program for low-achieving first-graders, features one-on-one tutoring and lessons in spelling, comprehension and letter-sound relationships.
NEWS
By Tanika White and By Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2000
Howard County school district administrators knew by looking at other school systems that primary intervention programs helped children get off to a better start, whether in learning to read or in grasping basic math. And after implementing their programs in 1997, they felt, based on anecdotal evidence, that their early intervention was working. This school year, administrators have begun a full study of three of the district's primary intervention programs: pre-kindergarten, extended-day kindergarten and Reading Recovery.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2000
Many Anne Arundel first-graders who strengthened their reading skills in an intensive intervention program that acts as a "safety net" for low-achieving children were able to sustain those gains in the second and third grades, according to county school officials. A study conducted in the spring tested the reading skills of 120 second- and third-graders who received Reading Recovery instruction when they were in first grade and compared the results with a control group of higher-achieving children in the same grades.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2000
Many first-graders who strengthened their reading skills in an intensive intervention program that acts as a "safety net" for low-achieving children were able to sustain those gains in the second and third grades, according to county school officials. A study conducted in the spring tested the reading skills of 120 second- and third-graders who received Reading Recovery instruction when they were in first grade and compared the results to a control group of higher-achieving children in the same grades.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2000
At this year's school budget hearings in Anne Arundel County, some of the most passionate pleas for funding came from parents of struggling readers. Threatened with the loss of money for teachers in a program called Reading Recovery, parents successfully won $155,000 in local funds to make up for state and federal cuts that threatened the reading effort, which provides daily, one-on-one, 30-minute tutoring sessions to a selected group of low-performing first-graders. It was a vote of confidence in an expensive but popular program that school officials in Anne Arundel County insist is cost-effective, though each Reading Recovery teacher in the 21 participating elementary schools serves only eight first-graders a year.
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1999
Equity, a hot-button issue in Howard County schools, can take several forms. Many Howard parents tend to cast the debate in terms of older vs. newer schools, complaining that older schools in older neighborhoods fare worse than newer schools in younger ones.But the inequities in reading scores and other measures of academic achievement within one of the state's most affluent counties track more readily with traditional demographic differences such as household income. And it is the schools with low academic scores that county officials are targeting for extra resources to improve reading skills.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
In its effort to have all children reading at grade level by the end of second grade, Baltimore County's school system has begun a one-on-one tutoring program at 15 elementary schools this year that gives struggling readers extra attention from paid parent helpers.The program means that Colgate Elementary School first-grader Katlyn Hall works 30 minutes every day on reading skills ranging from recognizing letters to writing simple sentences."The children are making tremendous progress," says Sue Baker, who is tutoring Katlyn for 10 weeks.
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By Tanika White and By Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2000
Howard County school district administrators knew by looking at other school systems that primary intervention programs helped children get off to a better start, whether in learning to read or in grasping basic math. And after implementing their programs in 1997, they felt, based on anecdotal evidence, that their early intervention was working. This school year, administrators have begun a full study of three of the district's primary intervention programs: pre-kindergarten, extended-day kindergarten and Reading Recovery.
NEWS
By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1998
State reading test scores suggest something is going right in Howard County: About 60 percent of the school system's third- and fifth-graders scored satisfactorily on the test, among the highest marks in the state.But those relatively high scores might largely be the product of the county's relatively high concentration of students from fairly affluent homes. And even so, 40 percent of Howard's pupils aren't up to state standards in reading.Some Howard elementary schools continue to have falling reading scores.
NEWS
By Robert Little and Erika D. Peterman and Robert Little and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Newly reported Howard County student test scores show a significant gap between black and white children, although average scores systemwide remain far above the national average.Scores for second-, fourth-, sixth- and ninth-graders in the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills -- reading, language and math -- were 23 points above the national average and consistently in the top third in the nation. Second-graders scored in the top fifth nationwide for their language skills.But average scores for African-American students were lower than the county average by 25 points or more -- not as low as in past reports, school board members said, but still evidence that new approaches are needed.
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