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Since its creation in 2002, Reading First has simultaneously been one of the most popular and controversial aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act. The program offers states funding for reading instruction and assessment programs, provided the state demonstrates plans to establish a comprehensive and accountable phonetics-based reading program. While Reading First has drawn some criticism from proponents of whole language instruction—a method that teaches reading through context of sentences rather than through individual letters and sounds of words—it has received positive feedback from participating states. A 2007 survey by the U.S. Department of Education reported ...


On April 1, America’s Promise Alliance released a report calling attention to graduation rates in the nation’s 50 largest cities. Cities in Crisis , prepared by the EPE Research Center, found that only about half of the students in main school districts serving those cities graduate from high school. Some school officials and policymakers probably wish this dismal news was part of an April Fool’s gag, but sadly, it’s not. America’s Promise Alliance is trying to do something about this problem by holding a series of dropout prevention summits in 100 locations throughout the U.S. ...


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