Snyder, A. (January 1994). The School Administrator, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 23-24.
In 1985, Bledsoe County Schools (K-12) averaged a stanine score of only 3 in reading–not unusual for a rural school district in a poverty area. After implementing the Carbo Reading Styles Program for three years, the system equaled state and national averages in reading (approximately the fifth stanine); in 1992, the community was honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Education. The Bledsoe County district is a 1,700-student system in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. The county’s per-capita income was $8,000 in 1994. Before CRS, approximately 50%-70% of the students were considered to be at risk of failure or dropping out.