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Reading Recovery programs

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By Sharon Warner

Visitors came to Shelby County to attend training sessions at two schools – Clear Creek and Southside Elementary – as part of the Reading Recovery program. All remaining lessons for the semester will be in Oldham County. The guests were offered a BTM (Behind the Mirror) Reading Recovery lesson, led by Katey Martin, shown here working with a child. Marcia Miller, Ashley Berlin, and Karen Standafer were on the other side of the two-way mirror, explaining to parents what was going on and how they can help their child with reading. Martin said, “Our goal is to stress the importance of reading and suggest ways to help children read.” Reading Recovery students receive a 30-minute lesson each day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher.  As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin the individual instruction. Of the Shelby County Reading Recovery students receiving Reading Recovery services, 83 percent discontinued and achieved reading levels comparable to the average level of their peers. This is well above the 2010 National average of 74 percent.