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Muscogee County Schools' Superintendent wants district wide reading program

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Muscogee County School's Superintendent David Lewis is done with his 120 day assessment of the school district. He said one of the most pressing issues is the reading program. Lewis wants to implement a district wide initiative to increase reading skills.

Elementary school is the time when most students learn to read and Lewis said throughout Muscogee County there are too many different teaching methods being used. he said it is critical to have unity across the district.

"Reading is a critical and foundational skill that all students must have to be successful in any discipline moving forward," said David Lewis.

He is trying to foster success by giving students, teachers, and parents more consistency across the board. He is introducing the Reading Wonders program to the school board. It's designed specifically for the Common Core standards which were adopted in 2010 but fully implemented in Georgia the school year.

"The methodology moves from what used to be considered a behaviorist approach in terms of the teacher just standing and delivering content and moves to one where the students are more engaged in their own learning," said David Lewis.

The program will bring a centralized system to teaching phonemic awareness, basic phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension and even writing.

"I like to think of literacy as being more than just reading. It's also reading and writing which are inextricably linked together," said Lewis.

His goal is to have the highest level of reading proficiency by the 3rd grade.

"After the 3rd grade the disparities in the reading level just grows exponentially there after and it costs a lot more to re mediate that going forward," said Lewis.

On Monday, the school board will vote on whether or not to purchase the Reading Wonders program. But if they do, implementation could start as early as January. The materials for the program will cost a little more than 1.7 million dollars over this year and the next. The money was originally allotted for various school district projects but Lewis plans to put those on hold in order to fund this program.

Naomi Keitt

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