Pawtucket’s $1 million reading program paying off in a big way

A major investment in a new reading program this year has brought instant results, say school staff members, engaging students in new ways and improving reading comprehension beyond expectations.

Literacy Coach Mary Bergeron told The Valley Breeze during a tour of classrooms at Fallon Elementary and Baldwin Elementary on Monday that she’s yet to hear a negative comment about the American Reading Company (ARC) program, instituted across the district this year for students in grades K-2. Data is updated every day based on regular assessments of students.

In total, Pawtucket’s kindergarten classrooms this year boast 60 percent of students at or above grade level in reading, with another 26 percent "on the cusp," said Bergeron.

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