In the district's middle and high schools, ACT America's Choice is entering its second year of implementation. The roughly $2.7 million-a-year program has teachers throughout the district teaching a love of reading, through the 25-book campaign, and undergoing professional development.
Known as Rigor and Readiness, the program was designed by the for-profit company America's Choice in concert with the nonprofit ACT to help middle school students succeed in math and reading, while preparing high school students for college.
Finally, the district received $12 million this summer to reform its three lowest-performing schools under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The reforms at those schools — including longer school days and new personnel — will serve as models for the district if they succeed in improving the quality of education, officials said.