Published Online: February 3, 2015
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"Kansas Reading Roadmap Case Study: Pittsburgh School District"

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A program to provide summer and after-school reading enrichment to rural students has reduced the need for intensive reading remediation, finds a new study by the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research.

The Kansas Reading Roadmap initiative, launched in 45 schools last year, includes summer and after-school reading support, family-engagement initiatives, and training to help educators analyze student data and learnabout research-based reading programs.

In January 2014, more than 33 percent of "students in need," or students identified as having deficiencies in fundamental reading skills, required intensive intervention, compared with 22 percent in the fall.

The 1,500-student Pittsburgh, Kan., elementary school district has also seen steeper gains in reading skills for students in special education.

Vol. 34, Issue 20, Page 5

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