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Reading First

Reading First is a federal initiative authorized by the amendments to Title I, Part B, Subpart 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The ultimate purpose of the Act is to ensure that all children read at grade level in English by the end of third grade. In support of this goal, funds are provided to states to support comprehensive, scientific reading research-based programs to improve reading instruction at selected Reading First schools, as well as more broadly in the state. Building off of the success of its predecessor, Reading Excellence Act, Washington Reading First achieves this goal through intense professional development and technical assistance support of Reading First subgrantees throughout the state.

Professional Development Materials

School Resources and Grant Revision Forms


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