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High school remedial reading :the effect of the program at Exeter (California) Union High School on the reading comprehension of students.
The city of Exeter is in a rural area of Tulare County near the center of the San Joaquin Valley, California. The economy is agriculturally oriented with an emphasis on citrus. Exeter Union High School, located in the city of Exeter, is a single high school district composed of four elementary feeder schools: Exeter, Sequoia, Farmersville and Outside Creek Elementary Districts. The enrollment of the school is approximately 378 of which 22.9 percent come from low-income families who are of Anglo and Mexican-American descent. Mexican-Americans constitute roughly 20 percent of the school population.The reading program at Exeter Union High School is financed under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The program has been in existence since 1966 covering a grade span of ninth through twelfth grade. During the Project year July 1, 1971, to August 31, 1972, 136 students participated in the program. There are two full-time reading instructors, two full-time adult aides, student aides and a part-time Project Coordinator working at the Exeter High School Campus.