The Reading First project began in Idaho in the 2003-2004 school year. Since that time, there have been five cohorts of schools and districts that have come on board. The Idaho Reading First model for instruction has been used to help promote school improvement efforts throughout the state of Idaho in order that students may reach our common goal of being proficient readers by the end of Third Grade. Through the use of Scientifically Based Research in Reading and curricular materials that are proven to support Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension, our mission is to better equip local teachers and school leaders to serve some of Idaho’s most at-risk children.
While Reading First officially works with 32 schools as of 2009-2010, many participating districts have zealously moved toward implementing the model in other school sites as well as using its successful school improvement components as a means to promote achievement in upper grades, middle schools, and high schools. The Reading First state team is very proud to know that, together with our schools, our work is positively impacting the academic achievement of thousands of Idaho’s children in Reading First schools as well as countless other students throughout the state whose leaders collaborate with us and our participating schools.