Read Education Week’s coverage of the Bush administration’s flagship reading program.
Reading & Literacy No Effect on Comprehension Seen From 'Reading First'
The $6 billion spent on the program has helped students with basic decoding but not with understanding, a major study finds.
Federal Senate Panel Also Votes to Kill Funds for 'Reading First'
Joining its House counterpart, the Senate subcommittee that handles education spending would eliminate funding for the controversial reading program in fiscal 2009.
Reading & Literacy Keep ‘Reading First’ Funds, Advisory Group to Urge Congress
Panel members believe a recent evaluation has caused confusion and misperceptions about the program’s effectiveness.
Reading & Literacy Massive Funding Cuts to ‘Reading First’ Generate Worries for Struggling Schools
The reduction of more than 60 percent may affect reading coaches, professional-development programs, and instructional materials that are the cornerstones of the Reading First program.
Reading & Literacy State, Local Officials Again Find ‘Reading First’ Useful
Despite problems with the implementation of the program—which resulted in several federal investigations and congressional hearings over the past two years—it's worth preserving or expanding, a study found.
Reading & Literacy ‘Reading First’ Panel Awaits Program Evaluation Reports
Is Reading First working? Advocates claim it is and critics say it isn’t, while others contend there isn’t enough information to know.
Reading & Literacy Reading Results Hard to Translate, Panel Concludes
The Reading First Advisory Committee has asked for more time and technical assistance in evaluating the data from the $1 billion-a-year program.
Reading & Literacy Senate Appropriations Panel’s Cuts to Reading First Are Less Sharp Than in House Plan
Many of President Bush’s education priorities would be slated for cuts under a plan approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today.
Federal Former ‘Reading First’ Adviser to Leave Federal Post
Edward J. Kame’enui will leave his current position at the Department of Education next month, the agency announced last week.