Life is hard for middle and high schoolers who struggle to read. This Colorado public school aims to help.

By Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado

Kaylee, an eighth-grader in a light blue hoodie, read a list of words, one by one, to teacher Jessica Thurby. She stumbled on a few: Debate came out “deblate,” sacred turned into “secret,” and defend became “define.”

The pair went over the missed words. As Kaylee took another stab at “sacred,” she said, “It looked like the word “scared.”

“It did,” Thurby said. “So, our brain automatically guessed. We’re trying to get out of that, remember?”

For students who reach middle school without strong reading skills, these misread words turn into roadblocks that impede understanding and make it harder to learn. A new program at Alameda International Junior/Senior High School in Lakewood seeks to help.

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