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Boise School District receives national reading award

Boise School District has been named a recipient of the 2013 Read Right Award of Excellence for its Read Right program, which has provided an avenue for students from diverse backgrounds to become successful readers when other methods have failed.

Boise’s Read Right program was started nearly 15 years ago at Hillside Jr. High. The small-group tutoring methods were found to be effective at improving the reading ability of struggling readers older than age 9. As a result, during the summer of 2001, the project was expanded to include a summer program. By 2003, Read Right was introduced into four elementary schools. Currently, the Read Right program is offered in nine Boise elementary schools and three junior high schools, , according to a Boise School District press release.

Boise School District’s Read Right team includes a staff of 30 full and part-time staff members. On any given day, it is estimated that 375 Boise students are being tutored through the Read Right program. The work continues during the summer with about 175 students.

“The Boise School District has remained committed to quality implementation since it first began using our methods nearly 15 years ago,” said Read Right Founder Dee Tadlock, in a press release announcing the award. “That consistency is an important achievement for any school system, especially one as large as Boise.”

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