Raceland, Ky. — September 5, 2007 — Ninety percent of students in Grades K?3 are reading at or above the national average in the Raceland-Worthington Independent School District, up from just 37% three years ago, after implementing Wright Group/McGraw-Hill?s Breakthrough to Literacy curriculum.

District educators purchased Breakthrough to Literacy to serve as the core literacy program in Grades K-3 at the start of the 2004-2005 school year after receiving a federal grant for reading education. Since, reading test scores have skyrocketed. To use the grant, all schools must test three times per year with the American Guidance System Grade Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (AGS GRADE).

The first test was administered in fall 2004 before Breakthrough to Literacy began. It revealed three of the four grade levels (K-3)–or nine of the 13 classes–scored below the national average. More specifically, 37% of the 300 students read at or above grade level.
When the test was administered again in November, following two and one-half months with Breakthrough to Literacy, all four grade levels scored above the national average, as did all 13 classes. By spring 2007, three years into the implementation, 90% of all students scored at or above the national reading average.

Computer-based Lessons Enhance Reading Instruction
Greg Dowdy, principal at Campbell Elementary School, said the district chose Breakthrough to Literacy because it is a research-based, scientifically proven program that works with all children.

?The program works nicely with our four-block method of instruction,? he explained. ?We also are impressed that students? computer work involves the same books used in the classroom and that parents are involved through the take-home book component.?

Dowdy said the program?s design is the reason it works so well with his students. ?Breakthrough to Literacy allows teachers to target specific instruction to a child?s particular need. If a student is having a problem, he is regrouped into a smaller reading group to focus on his need. As he rotates into different centers, his instruction is also focused on that deficit, including his computer work because teachers can make adjustments to it as well,? he said.

About Raceland-Worthington Independent Schools
Serving approximately 1,000 students in Grades K-12, this district?s student population is 98% Caucasian, 1% African American, and 1% Asian. Forty-two percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. For more information, go to www.raceland.k12.ky.us.

About Breakthrough to Literacy
Breakthrough to Literacy is an early literacy program from the Wright Group/McGraw-Hill for students in Grades Pre-K to 3. It is a research-based program to teach young children to read, allowing them to develop early literacy skills at their own level and pace through a unique process that includes rich use of oral language and print, individual use of computer software and extensive professional development. Currently, Breakthrough to Literacy is used in 469 school districts across 41 states, reaching 2,000 schools and more than 9,100 classrooms in the United States. For more information, visit www.breakthroughtoliteracy.com.

About Wright Group/McGraw-Hill
Wright Group/McGraw-Hill publishes innovative core and supplemental literacy and mathematics programs for differentiated instruction and teacher training in Grades Pre-K-8. The research-based approach is anchored in real-world applications and is based on the assessed needs of students, combining developmentally appropriate materials with explicit outcomes. For more information on Wright Group?s products, call 1-800-648-2970 or visit www.wrightgroup.com.

About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mheducation.com.

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