A drive to catch kids up and make sure they’re reading by third grade has put heavy pressure on early-grade classrooms. Modesto City Schools teachers say they are testing through much of every day; administrators say tracking kids’ early progress is essential for effective teaching.

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Turlock Christian girls make mad dash to the finish, but comeback falls short in D-VI finale

Turlock Christian girls make mad dash to the finish, but comeback falls short in D-VI finale

Trailing by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, Turlock Christian pulled to within eight with 2 minutes and 39 seconds to play, but the rally ran out of steam and the Eagles fell to Valley Christian 59-52 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI girls basketball final at Galt High School.
 

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