By Todd Fredson and Clyde Naasz
Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, North Dakota
Graduation Rates Climb Rapidly—Unique Reading Program Solves the Most Difficult Reading Problems.
“When we first brought Read Right in, a little over 1300 books were checked out from the High School library. Last year, a little over 2300 books were checked out. This year 4,660 books have been checked out!” reports Clyde Naasz, Assistant Superintendent of Standing Rock Community Schools in Ft. Yates, North Dakota.
Naasz has also seen a dramatic increase in high school graduation rates. He believes there is a direct connect ion between the increase in the number of students graduating and Read Right, the innovative reading intervention program implemented three years ago. In 2004 -05, 32 students graduated from the high school, and in 2005 -06, 44 students graduated. In the 2006 -07 year, Standing Rock High School graduated 59 students. Naasz says that while many reading programs say they’ll advance kids a grade level or two, he’s seen students in Read Right advance as much as 4, 5, or even 6 grade levels in a single school year.
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“Our reading scores are wonderful, and our superintendent loves it” exclaims elementary principal Joan Leach.
Leach and her team transformed Raymond Elementary School into a 2007 Washington State School of Distinction. This award is given to schools that have improved the most in reading and math on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test. Even though 68% of students in the school qualify for free and reduced lunch, an impressive 92% of 4th graders passed the reading portion of the WASL in 2007. (The state average was 37% free and reduced and 77% passing.)
Principal Leach credits Read Right, a new constructivist reading intervention program, for the dramatic turnaround of students’; reading abilities and the consequent transformation of her school. “We absolutely adore this program. It works!! My teachers are feeling good because they see kids being successful. It’s nice to see real growth.”
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By Anne Radford, Daily World Writer
Last fall, 13-year-old Nathan Crawford didn’t like to read in front of his class. Now the sixth – grader doesn‘t hesitate to hop out of his seat.
In her social studies class, 11 -year -old Kandi Stigall had a hard time understanding her textbook. Almost a full year later, the fifth -grader says she is the first person to raise her hand with an answer.
Both Raymond Elementary School students have worked hard to improve their reading skills with the help of a district -wide reading intervention program called Read Right.
“There has been amazing growth in kids we just could not get to read,“ says Superintendent Steve Holland, noting that at a recent School Board meeting Elementary School Principal Joan Leach brought a tape of a student reading. “It’s just incredible. You listen to him and you can’t believe it’s the same kid.” Read The PDF