California's Modesto City Schools started using Scholastic's Read 180 program last school year to bring up the achievement of students reading below grade level--and after this initial pilot year, the average grade-level gain by students was a year or two higher, reports the Modesto Bee. Eduardo Garcia was never a lover of books, and his reading ability reflected that: He entered high school at a second-grade reading level. A year after using Read 180 at Johansen High School, the 15-year-old climbed to the fifth-grade level. And the best part is, he now enjoys reading. "I'm reading more since I've been...

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