Kansas Governor Tours Meadowlark Elementary

Published 08/26 2014 07:15PM

Updated 08/26 2014 08:18PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- "We've got something here, and not just, 'okay, we've got a program.' No, we've got a program, but we're producing results. It shows up in the numbers, but it really shows up in the faces and that's better," said Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor.

Last year, Governor Sam Brownback initiated a Kansas Reading Road Map Program, which is part of the M.T.S.S. After a year of implementation, the governor sat down with several different school administrators at Meadowlark Elementary in Pittsburg to discuss the benefits. 

"We're doing the job that he would like to see, and that really makes us feel successful that we are the program the state is looking at to see how successful it is," said Natalie O'Neal, George Nettels Elementary Program Cord. 

School administrators say most kindergarten students came to school last year without knowing how to write the letters in the alphabet.. 

"The best thing we can do is if people can read, they graduate from high school, the likelihood of them being successful goes up substantially. So you're investing on the front end of these," said Governor Brownback.

He adds the improvement level is a testimony to the success of early readying intervention and supportive programs. 

"That's what I love seeing. Someone who can read that wasn't able to read. Their world just got a whole lot bigger," said Governor Brownback.

There's more than 500 students now who are at the targeted reading level or above in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Each school has a different program, but they're all very similar with the same goal.

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