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Excitement in Cairo after improvements in test scores

The result was a program called 'Reading 180.' The result was a program called 'Reading 180.'
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

There's excitement in Cairo schools after major improvements in test scores.

In fact, Superintendent Andrea Evers says their standardized test scores for reading in Junior High ranked among the highest in the state, 35 points.

Teachers say they decided to shake things up, into ideas from students and methods that would hold their attention and help them learn.

The result was a program called 'Reading 180.'

Administrators say recent test scores prove the strategy work with extreme improvements with success across the district.

The most significant leap came in reading from 6th to 7th grade, up 35 points from 47 percent to 82 percent of students making adequate yearly progress on Illinois State Achievement Tests.

Teachers and students say they set goals, put the programs to work.

"There is a lot of bad things said about Cairo but you have to think about it like a book we're reading," said Principal Zena Madison. "You can't judge a book by the cover."

Students got medals, special field trips and other rewards for their hard work.

"They want to get up and speak and they want to read," said Reading Teacher Charlotte Loveless. "They want to be in the program."

The kids say they want to be that student that makes their parents and teachers proud.

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