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Charlotte, N.C., Program Teaches Reading to High School Students

"hundreds of thousands of high school students can barely read on the eve of their high school graduation."

A new program in high schools throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., area is working to improve the reading skills of 1,700 high school freshmen with “Corrective Reading,” which is published by SRA/McGraw Hill. According to The Charlotte Observer, the program is being used in 16 of 18 high schools in hopes that it will “boost achievement by replacing shame and silence about poor reading skills with a belief that it’s never too late to learn.”

The Charlotte Observer article cites the Alliance report, Every Child a Graduate, which found that “hundreds of thousands of high school students can barely read on the eve of their high school graduation.” Charlotte-Mecklenburg area high schools are no different. According to Assistant Superintendent Lloyd Wimberley, 200 to 300 out of the 800 or so freshmen who entered Myers Park High School each year could not read high school texts when he served as principal several years ago.

Without assistance, these students would likely be left to bide their time in high school until they eventually failed or even dropped out. Independence High School Principal Rick Hinson told The Charlotte Observer that students “can’t do geometry, they can’t do the biology, they can’t do the history, they just can’t unless they’ve got a good, solid foundation in reading.”

Read more about the efforts underway in Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools at:

A Must Read: “Reaching Rommel,” A Fourth Grader’s Adventure in Reading 

“I learn[ed] Rommel can’t read on the first day of class at Mildred Green Elementary School.”

Thus begins Tyler Currie’s narrative of his experience teaching fourth grade at Mildred Green Elementary School and his encounter with Rommel Sales, a 10-year-old student who can’t read. What follows is an adventure that begins with Currie giving Rommel drawing assignments designed to keep him at bay while Currie works with other students in the class and ends with a dramatic transformation that shows how almost anyone can learn how to read if given the appropriate support.

Read the complete article at:


Last word

“As President Bush stood in front of the Capitol and took the oath of office, he knew our nation faced an urgent challenge. He believed that education is a civil right, just like the right to vote or to be treated equally. And it’s the duty of our nation to teach every child well, not just some of them.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige at the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on K-12 Education’s Symposium, “Our Schools and Our Future: Are We Still at Risk?,” Feb. 26, 2003

Read Secretary Paige’s complete speech at:

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