PATERSON, NJ  – Efforts by Paterson Public Schools to increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level are paying off, according to school officials, as well as education advocates.

“We’re feeling pretty good about first year implementation,” Assistant Superintendent Eric Crespo, who according to a statement, presented the data at a board retreat on Monday evening. “That’s not to say that our work is done in improving elementary students’ reading ability, but the data indicates that our efforts are moving in the right direction.”

The 2018-2019 school year was the inaugural year of the district using McGraw-Hill’s Wonders K-5 reading program. The program helped the district provide a more rigorous reading education. New unit assessments were created that included longer texts that

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