15% of all 4th graders read no faster than 74 words per minute, a pace at which it would be difficult to keep track of ideas as they are developing within the sentence and across the page. (Pinnell, et. al.)


What does reading proficiency mean?

Most dictionaries define proficiency as an advanced level of expertise or knowledge:

“Performing in a given art, skill, or branch of learning with expert correctness and facility,” taken from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines proficient as “well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge.”

The National Assessment Governing Board (of NAEP) defines proficient as “competency over challenging subject matter.”

Proficiency in an adult (above 12th grade) is the ability to read, comprehend, and infer information from a Medical Insurance Benefit Package, The New York Times, and Federal Tax forms.

“Proficient readers engage in the complex, dynamic allocation and reallocation of attention as they read, continuously shifting attention to focus on incoming text information; selectively letting go of extraneous information; and, when necessary to establish coherence, activating background knowledge and reactivating information from the prior text.” Rapp& van den Broek, 2005

Who can apply for the REAP teacher training?

The training is open to any public school teacher who is interested in improving reading proficiency in all their students; especially those who struggle. The training is open to general classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, English as a second language teachers, and any other public school teacher that is in a position to improve reading proficiency.

Teachers will be chosen based on experience, grade level, and colleague referrals. It is important for REAP to train teachers who will be an inspiration and mentor to those within their schools.

Where is the training?

We offer several classes across the metro-Atlanta area.