In Florida, the Hillsborough County school district has one of the largest number of schools on the state’s lowest performing list when it comes to reading. Nearly one in four students in the system score below grade level on the annual reading and language arts exam.
To combat the problem, the district hired a consultant to explore where the problems lie, and what strategies might bring the lowest readers up.
A newly released preliminary report pointed to the types of materials provided, and how equitably they are distributed, as key to the situation.
Reporter Marlene Sokol talks with district chief academic officer Deborah Cook about the importance of reading and what the system has in mind to make improvements.