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New Partnership Aims to Improve Childhood Reading

Posted at 10:45 AM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 12:22:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Researchers at Florida State University are partnering with Harvard and MIT on a $30 million project aimed at improving early childhood literacy. 

The five year "Reach Every Reader" project will be a one-on-one personal assessment to make sure every child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

The project is funded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

FSU researchers say they're excited to partner with Ivy League schools.

"They're children that are at risk for reading difficulties can have negative consequences such as problems and academic achievement, psychological well being and other factors," says Hugh Catts, with the School of Communication Science and Disorders at FSU. "What we want to do is identify those kids earlier on in kindergarten so we can provide intervention to prevent the negative consequences."

Researchers Hope to help all children become successful readers.