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Chapter 14: Case Histories
From 1990 to 1998 I taught PREP to more than 500 students in the San Jacinto Valley of southern California, USA. This is a rural area which contains two Unified School Districts (Hemet and San Jacinto) with a combined elementary school population of 11,372 students, above-average teachers, and supportive parents.
All the students, from Grades 2 to 5, I worked with scored below the 35th percentile in reading on standardized achievement tests and, therefore, qualified for Chapter 1 remediation funding. Most of the Grade 4 students had “fallen through the cracks” and/or failed to improve their decoding skills in multiple programs since second grade. This was the main reason why both school districts were anxious to incorporate PREP into ...