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Hundreds Of 2nd-graders In Prince George’s County Attend New Summer School Program

Prince George’s County is offering a new, free, countywide summer school program for incoming second-graders who are reading below grade level.

The students did not necessarily fail first grade, but school officials determined that they needed the additional instruction to perform well on assessments and to avoid falling further behind their peers when school begins in August.

Gladys Whitehead, the school system’s director of curriculum and instruction, said the new program is part of the district’s effort to focus on literacy, a push aimed at improving student achievement and increasing the school system’s four-year graduation rate, which is about 75 percent.