SEDL Board Member Reports Arkansas Success Story for The Achiever

December 1, 2002
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

An article in the December 1, 2002, issue of The Achiever reports the success of the Arkansas Smart Start Literacy Initiative through the words of Raymond Simon, SEDL board member and director of the Arkansas Department of Education.

Simon wrote "Anchors Aweigh! For a Smart Start," the cover story in The Achiever, which is the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind newsletter. In the story, Simon described how Arkansas' comprehensive school reform plan, a collaborative effort among multiple education levels in the state, improved teaching and learning.

The Smart Start program, launched in May 1998, focused on the needs of classroom teachers, specialized training, and support for schools in implementing comprehensive literacy services. The initiative resulted in the highest level of performance ever by Arkansas fourth-graders on reading and writing exams.

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