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Can a new program improve young students’ reading?

Evaluating the impact of iRead on early reading outcomes

By the end of the 3rd grade, students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Reading proficiency is a key predictor of achievement in other subjects; students who do not acquire the necessary reading skills in the early grades have a greater risk of performing poorly in later grades and of dropping out of school.

Scholastic has developed a new reading program called iRead, which is designed specifically for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Scholastic contracted with Westat to evaluate the impact of iRead on early reading outcomes and to provide ongoing and in-depth feedback on its implementation.

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