Closing the gap: Low-performing Florida grade schools add extra reading time [VIDEO]

September 29, 2014

The state of Florida recently mandated that the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools add an extra hour of reading instruction each day, the first in the country to do so. Supporters are convinced the extra time will improve kids' reading, but not everyone is convinced it's the right solution.

Rankings on the state’s standardized reading test determine which schools must add the extra reading. The move is estimated to cost over $5 million dollars for the 20 traditional public schools required to add the hour in Orange County, the 10th largest school district in the country. It’s an expansion of a law passed in 2012 that focused on the 100 lowest-performing schools.

PBS NewsHour correspondent Alison Stewart has the story (and video report).