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Reading Roadmap In The News

This Delta Literacy Program Could Be a Model for Lifting Reading Skills: Mississippi Today, Jun. 14, 2018

According to an independent, longitudinal evaluation of 30 sites, children attending Reading Roadmap afterschool programs experienced 57 percent greater growth than their peers — as measured by school assessments, Hays Post, a Kansas-based digital news source, reported.

State Awards Garden City Elementary Students in Reading Program: KWCH, Jun. 5, 2018

Children at Garden City's Gertrude Walker Elementary School are recognized with a statewide award for excelling with books.The school is one of the recipients of the 2017 Challenge Award for closing the achievement gap in fourth-grade-level reading.

Gertrude Walker Celebrates Award with Reading Roadmap Officials: The Garden City Telegram, May 22, 2018

Garden City Public Schools teachers and administrators, many of them wearing matching shirts from the various end of year fun days, joined Reading Roadmap officials in Gertrude Walker Elementary School’s library to celebrate the school’s recent statewide honor.

Reading Roadmap Announcements and Releases

KRR Partner Schools Receive Statewide Honors

Five schools who partner with the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) were recently recognized by the Confidence in Education Task Force for their success despite obstacles considered significant by the task force.

The Challenge Award was presented to the following KRR partners for “making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population” particularly in third and fourth grade reading:

Central Heights Elementary School, Central Heights, USD 288
Garfield School, Parsons USD 503
Gertrude Walker Elementary School, Garden City USD 457
Meadowview Elementary School, Labette County USD 506
West Bourbon Elementary School, Uniontown USD 235

Foundations Partner with Reading Roadmap to Promote New Early Literacy Model for Coahoma Elementary Schools: Aug. 15, 2017

Building upon Governor Phil Bryant’s “Education Works” Initiative, the Coahoma School District will begin a new partnership with the Reading Roadmap to further increase early reading proficiency across the district. The partnership will establish Reading Roadmap afterschool and family engagement programs to serve children grades Kindergarten through 3rd at Friars Point, Jonestown, Lyons and Sherard Elementary schools. The Walton Family Foundation and the Barksdale Reading Institute will provide the financial support for the four new Reading Roadmap programs.

Governor Brownback Applauds Kansas Reading Roadmap in State of the State Address:  Jan. 11, 2017

Last evening in his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Brownback identified Kansas Reading Roadmap as a way to “ensure struggling students get the additional help they need to succeed.” His comments build on the success and recognition the Kansas Reading Roadmap has received from principals, school administrators, teachers and parents.
Sixty-two percent of kids in Kansas–and 78 percent of the state’s low-income students—are not reading at proficient levels by fourth grade, putting them at risk of dropping out of school. The Kansas Reading Roadmap program is committed to ensuring that all students in Pre-kindergarten through third-grade have the foundation and opportunity to gain proficiency in reading so that they graduate on time. 


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback discusses the impact of the Reading Roadmap