A Harris County prekindergarten class won a statewide contest for the most books read in a single day. The class at Mulberry Elementary School read nearly 500 books in 11 hours last month during "Georgia Reads Aloud Day." In all, classrooms reported reading nearly 14,000 books that day.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal has launched the "Read Across Georgia" initiative to support Gov. Nathan Deal's goal of increasing the number of third-graders reading at grade level in the state. Sandra Deal will visit schools across the state this month to read to students.
A new study shows, students are four-times more likely to drop out of high school if they didn't learn to read on level by the third grade. The Annie-E Casey Foundation published the report. It found one-in-six children won't finish high school if they haven't mastered reading by the third grade.
UGA researcher Scott Ardoin has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to study various approaches to teaching reading. Ardoin will use eye-tracking technology to determine the best strategy for increasing language and vocabulary. The study will explore the reading fluency of second graders at a local school district.