Voyager teacher surveys in

By: Laurie Ott Email
By: Laurie Ott Email

Augusta, GA.--- New information tonight about the Voyager reading program in Richmond County and how teachers like it: apparently a majority of those filling out the surveys don't.

The Superintendent just posted a letter to board members about the literacy program and the teacher surveys that went out about it.

Here's the survey:

"The Voyager Universal Literacy Program meets the needs of my students."

YES 81 (45%)
NO 114 (58%)
Total responses: 195

The school board sent anonymous surveys to teachers a few weeks ago about the system-wide reading program for elementary schools.

Since former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko gave a million dollars for the program, taxpayers have spent more than 10 million dollars on it.

Reading scores have been on a steady decline ever since. The school board takes up the Voyager program again in committee meetings June 12th.


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  • by Jpan Location: Augusta on Jun 18, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    I should not take a masters degree to figure out that after spending 10 million dollars and the scores keep falling that Voyager does not work. It is the only reading program in 20 years that we had to have a monitor to police teachers to make sure they did an reading program. Also why did we have to give them an office in the board building. Somebody was getting kickbacks.
  • by Laurie Ott Location: News 12 on Jun 8, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    The letter from Superintendent Thompson states only 16 out of 37 schools participated in the survey. We have his letter and the survey results attached at the bottom of the story.
  • by carol Location: augusta on Jun 8, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    At the Board meeting, the statement read that only like 7 of 35 elementary schools participated. Thus, the low # of responses. The other schools were insubordinate and did not send their results back. what leadership in richmond county.
  • by Georgette Location: Augusta on Jun 7, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    A program does not teach in the classroom. Teachers TEACH IN THE CLASSROOM. Teachers are taught the scope and sequence of skills in college. Once on the job, it does not matter what program they are provided, teachers use the local county curriculum guide which includes the scope and sequence of skills to be taught in the classroom. A program is selected to ensure that those skills are being taught in the classroom. Voyager is doing what the program says it will do. It is a researched based program that has produced many readers in Richmond County. Has anyone looked at the results of the recent benchmark scores for this year? No one has stated that Richmond county students using the Voyager program was held 12 of the top 20 positions when compared to other reading programs. At the recent Richmond County celebration for the results of this year's reading scores at the Imperial theater, no media was present. Are you really interested in the the performance of Voyager or in the gripes of teachers who refuse to identify themselves?
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