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No Educator Left Behind:
Reading First

No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.


How will Reading First help teachers teach reading?

U.S. Department of Education:

Every Reading First grant will do four things in each state:

  • Encourage reading programs based on scientifically based reading research -- that is, focusing on teaching methods that work.
  • Ensure early and ongoing assessment of every child's progress using the best analytical tools.
  • Provide professional development and support for teachers.
  • Help monitor reading achievement gains in grades K-3.

Read previous questions and answers in our No Educator Left Behind archive.