Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Alabama students lead nation in reading improvement

Kim Oliver, a fourth-grade teacher at Kitty Stone Elementary, watches Lexie Daughtery work a problem. Photo: Trent Penny/The Anniston Star

Alabama's fourth-graders showed the nation's greatest gains on reading test results released Tuesday.

Scores for the state's eighth-grade students held mostly steady from 2005, the last time the nation's public schools administered the tests.

State Superintendent Joe Morton credited the Alabama Reading Initiative, a $64.4 million program this year, for aiding the increase for fourth-grade readers.

"We're No. 1on the list … and it's not because the states are listed alphabetically," Morton said.

Known as the Nation's Report Card, the report Tuesday came from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only ongoing nationwide test of student achievement.

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