Improving Literacy for Struggling Readers

According to the recently released The Enhanced Reading Opportunities Study Final Report, supplemental literacy classes can improve reading comprehension, grades, test scores, and even behaviors.  But not always by much.  And not always for long.

The study examined the effect of year-long literacy classes as electives for struggling readers.  Students, who were on average, at a 5th grade reading level, increased their comprehension more than comparable students who took Freshman English but no additional literacy course.  The increase was slight, but statistically significant.  Their math and English state assessment scores rose more than the comparison group and they completed more courses with higher grades. Unfortunately, these differences were lost by the end of the year following students’ enrollment in the supplement course.

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