The internal audit of Reading First by the federal Education Department was released just days after another report, from the independent Center on Education Policy (CEP), suggested the program is having a significant impact on student achievement.

The report, which surveyed state and local grant recipients, finds that Reading First has led to many changes in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, a significant majority of participating states and districts credit Reading First for student achievement gains, according to the survey.

Of the school districts that reported increased reading achievement, virtually all districts with Reading First subgrants reported that Reading


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