The Washington Post reports that students in the $6 billion Reading First program have not made greater progress in understanding what they read than have their peers outside the program, according to a congressionally mandated study. The final version of the study, released Nov. 17 by the U.S. Department of Education, found that students in schools that use Reading First, a program at the core of the No Child Left Behind law, scored no better on comprehension tests than students in similar schools that do not get the funding. "It is a program that needs to be improved," said Grover...

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