Return Of The Reading First Ruckus
First, everyone said that Reading First was the best thing since sliced bread -- early intervention on literacy to reach kids that Title I sometimes missed. Then came lots of accusations about conflicts of interest, and the departure of that Doherty guy from the USDE. But still, there were reports that the program was popular and considered effective by states and districts that had implemented it. Now, USA Today's Greg Toppo is reporting that a new study from IES, the research arm of the USDE, shows that Reading First is... ineffective. Doh! Read all about it.