6/5/07, Berkeley, CA -- Students at a once-struggling elementary school in Honolulu continue to make surprising gains in their reading test scores, according to the Consortium on Reading Excellence, whose staff has worked closely with the school´s teachers for the past several years. The latest score reports show that 70% of the second and third-grade students at Ala Wai Elementary School are meeting benchmarks in oral reading fluency. This is a remarkable achievement in a school where less than 20% of second and third graders met benchmarks three years ago. Based partly on this dramatic turnaround, Ala Wai´s principal, Charlotte...

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