A Principal's Primer for Raising Reading Achievement

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What is Principal’s Primer?

Principal's Primer is a “how-to” manual for principals who are seeking a school-wide approach to lift the overall reading performance of an elementary or middle school population.


Why Principal’s Primer?

  • Focuses specifically on the principal’s role in teaching literacy
  • Practical, direct steps to implementing school-wide reading improvement strategies
  • Research-based, multi-tiered approach to reading instruction
  • Explains how to monitor the school’s progress toward shared goals
  • Places specific programs and materials of value within an RtI framework
  • Developed by national and state leaders recognized for outstanding school improvement plans

Who Benefits from Principal’s Primer?

Principal’s Primer benefits elementary and middle schools where students consistently underperform on reading proficiency assessments. Principals in these schools are able to implement a plan of action—across grade levels and with all students—to improve reading scores, which leads to better performance in all subject areas. 

Proven Results 

Using Principal’s Primer, educators at Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado created the Alameda Reading Project to improve reading proficiency in elementary and middle schools in the Alameda learning cluster. In two short years, they saw dramatic results:  

  • Sixth grade reading scores increased from 78 percent to 94 percent proficiency
  • Fourth grade scores rose from 72 percent to 94 percent proficiency


  • Explicit how-to guide saves time and eliminates guesswork
  • Addresses needs of every student—those with learning disabilities, socioeconomic disadvantages or those who have simply fallen behind
  • Multi-tiered approach to reading instruction
  • Gives teachers the tools they need to provide proper intervention strategies with their students
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NEW! LETRS for Administrators

Administrators can be the catalyst for facilitating change and implementing strong literacy instruction. LETRS® for Administrators is the perfect complement for principals using LETRS. It is designed to support your efforts in raising reading achievement in your building, district, or state.

  • Integrates A Principal’s Primer with an online component
  • Helps leaders create the systems and structures needed to increase or reach high levels of academic performance in English Language Arts
  • Helps principals examine resources, create highly efficient methods of analyzing student data, establish highly effective instructional blocks in literacy, and examine resources for all tiers of instruction

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