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ERIC Number: EJ759609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-4
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Reading Probe Will Continue on Capitol Hill
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
Education Week, v26 n31 p1, 17 Apr 2007
The recent wrap-up of an intensive, two-year examination of the federal Reading First initiative is not expected to halt debate over the program. Given the broad agreement in seven federal reports that serious problems occurred in the oversight of the program's implementation, the findings have sparked interest on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers continue their own review of Reading First, prepare for hearings on the program, and consider the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. This article discusses the report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that highlights the effects that Reading First has had on instruction in underachieving schools. This latest review, released on March 23, 2007, reiterates the findings outlined in six reports by the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general: Federal officials failed to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest in administering the program; and they directed some states' and districts' choices of reading texts and assessments, despite legal prohibitions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001