3/11/2013

As Mississippi lawmakers debate a bill requiring third-graders to read at grade level or face retention, three elementary schools in Gulfport and Water Valley, Miss., -- that serve some of the poorest students -- have improved their students' test scores by focusing on literacy. Some of the improvements include hiring literacy coaches and reading specialists and using assessments to guide reading interventions. "We're trying to get rid of the ineffective stuff that we've done for so long," reading specialist Patricia Treloar said.

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