More money than sense with reading program

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  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    Volunteer reading programs have NOT been shown to improve student reading scores. Children who struggle with reading - decoding or fluency - don't improve by just reading with someone - they normally need a structured intervention to focus in on the problem and remedy it. So although reading with volunteers may be a good thing, if it takes away instructional time (which it does if it is conducted during the school day) where students could be getting targeted intervention, it is a detriment instead of a help.

  • reading1 south Jordan, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Perhaps Ms. Mills works in Canyons or has been a volunteer. Many people work in one city and live in another. This is something the school board needs to be aware of.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 28, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    The letter writer's address is in the Jordan School District. Why not let other school districts run their own programs the way that they think best meets the needs of their students?