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Straight 'A' Student Finds Way to Improve
As a sixth grader at Hudson Middle School in Pasco County, Mandy Nagy was excited
about entering into to her new school. In her first two years at Hudson, Mandy
excelled as a straight "A" student with perfect attendance while
enrolled in advanced math and band. However, after taking an Accelerated Reading
Exam while in the seventh grade, Mandy soon learn she failed the test. The exam
was designed to identify the level of skill in reading comprehension. "I
read the paragraphs, but couldn't answer the questions correctly at the
end," said Mandy. When Mandy's mother found out that her daughter
failed the test, she couldn't believe it. "I didn't understand
how a straight "A" student could struggle with reading comprehension,"
said Melissa Nagy.
Hudson Middle's reading specialist Vicky Ramey suggested that Mandy stay
after school to participate in a reading tutoring program called "Terrific
T's". The program is held every Tuesday and Thursday in the school's
media center. Students struggling with reading are paired with volunteers from
the community for one-on-one tutoring.
Mandy's struggle with reading comprehension was identified, and a specific
curriculum was designed to strengthen her weakness in that area. Mandy committed
several weeks into the program. "She really wanted to improve in this
area," said Ramey. As a result, Mandy's reading comprehension skills
improved and she passed the Accelerated Reading Exam with a score of over 80%
of 100. Her mother was thrilled. "I think it's great that a student
who is doing so well in so many areas can improve in reading comprehension,"
she said. As an eighth grader today, Mandy is looking forward to attending Hudson
High School next year and wants to go to college to study accounting. "I
am really good in math," she said.