Program helps Yakima students improve reading scores

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A reading program in the Yakima Schools is off to a successful start. About two-thirds of students who took part showed significant growth in reading.

The program, called Read 180, challenges kids to read for 90 minutes a day.

Nearly a thousand kids across the district enrolled. Students have to pass a test to graduate from Read 180.

Students and teachers told us it's made a difference.

"If I didn't have Read 180, I feel like I still wouldn't understand the words the same. I'd be in the same place as I was last year getting a lot of words wrong and skipping words," said Yesenia Bustillos who graduated from the program.

"They have a lot of practice, repetition. It's developed to their own level," said Washington Middle School Reading Teacher Heather Harris.

This is the third year the program has been in the Yakima Schools. It plans to offer it again next year.