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New Program Hopes To Improve Reading Skills
By Kera Mashek
March 26, 2014


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) The state is launching a new initiative to help get kids reading.

Wednesday, the governor and education leaders from across the state gathered to announce the new program called "Leaders in Literacy". Despite a lot of past efforts, West Virginia third graders still lag behind many students across the country when it comes to their reading ability.
The new team of literacy leaders will have three goals: addressing school readiness as kids enter kindergarten, helping improve school attendance, and preventing summer learning loss. Through partnerships with parents, communty organizations and even local businesses, the state hopes kids will get the motivation and support they need to become better readers.

"It's critical not only to the children that we're striving to support, but it's critical for us as a state because being able to read at grade level impacts every other area of life," said Charlotte Webb with the West Virginia Department of Education.

In fact, reading ability at the third-grade level is considered a critical point in a student's education. It can be a predictor of school success and even high school graduation.

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