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Eva Montellano looks over her reading lesson instructions before she begins her timed assignment.

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It is all about reading

Title I reading program improves students’ progress

“All rightee, sir, what story are you doing?” asks Roxanne Savage the Title I and Response to Intervention (RTI) teacher at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) as she sits down next to Juancarlos Amaya. Their interaction represents a crucial link in a chain that will ultimately determine the success of the whole school. “Siberian Tiger,” he says. “OK. Let’s see what’s going on,” says the teacher charged with making sure children don’t fall through the jagged crack of failing to master reading in the early grades. Savage looks at Juancarlos’ answers to questions that test his ability to comprehend the story he just read. She stops as she goes through the answers. She’s found an error. “Do you know what lunge is?” Savage asks. Juancarlos looks confused.

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