Literacy Program Expands In Fitchburg

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FITCHBURG — The Bay State Reading Initiative (BSRI), a program designed to improve literacy among Massachusetts students, will expand in the Fitchburg public schools with the allocation of a federal Department of Education grant.

The program was implemented two years ago at Crocker and Reingold elementary schools. It provides intervention for struggling readers, a literacy coach for each school, regular testing and assessment.

Superintendent Andre Ravenelle called it a “really, really structured literacy program,” that has had a positive impact on MCAS scores. “I really do believe there is a correlation,” Ravenelle said.

Now, McKay and South Street elementary schools will have a shot at the same success. The nonprofit Bay State Reading Initiative, based in Holliston, applied for the $5 million Department of Education grant on behalf of 12 Massachusetts schools, including McKay and South Street, said Barry Wanger, a BSRI spokesman.

All costs associated with the program are covered by the grant.