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Idaho’s Reading Challenge

Idaho has a big education problem, and it starts early. Fewer than half of Idaho’s kindergartners aren’t ready to learn to read. Thousands of young children can’t read at grade level. If they don’t catch up by the end of third grade, they’re likely to struggle as long as they stay in school.

To examine the problem — and seek solutions — Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert talked to teachers, administrators and parents from West Bonner County to Idaho Falls.

This eight-part series looks at what’s working, and what gets in the way. This series also examines Idaho’s $26 million investment in literacy, and whether this taxpayer money will make a difference.

Reading realities: Idaho is far from its lofty literacy goals

By the numbers: How schools spend reading money, and define success

What’s working: Reading success stories from five Idaho schools

Young readers face demographic hurdles — some obvious, others subtle

Two years in, teachers are still learning about Idaho’s new reading test

All-day kindergarten takes off in Idaho. Is pre-K next?

Little embraces the literacy issue — for the long haul

For kids and their parents, the reading journey starts and continues at home