Wake Ed

January 9, 2014

Wake County schools to discuss digital textbooks and Read To Achieve

A Wake County school board committee will discuss electronic textbooks and implementation of the Read To Achieve program.

The impact of state requirements will be an overarching theme at today’s meeting of the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee.

The committee will discuss the issue of digital content and electronic textbooks. The General Assembly passed a law last year saying that state funding would shift from paper textbooks to digital textbooks by 2017.

The committee will also get an update on efforts to implement the state-mandated Read To Achieve program, which is expected to result in thousands of North Carolina third-grade students attending summer reading camps to get promoted.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote today on a funding formula to allocate $20.5 million to school districts across the state for the reading camps. Wake could get as much as $1.5 million, or $292.43 per student if 5,203 of the 12,100 third-grade students fail the state end-of-grade reading test this spring.

The committee will also discuss all the assessments of students that the district is required to give by the state.

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