College and Adult Research
Reading Plus® Significantly Raises the Reading Achievement of Adult Students
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS:
Results were unequivocal. Reading proficiency gains achieved by adults who engaged in more Reading Plus practice were significantly larger than those achieved by adults who practiced less often (p < .001).
“These results suggest that the Reading Plus program is an effective tool for increasing reading proficiency in adult students.”
National Research Project: Northeastern Junior College Comparison Study 2006-2007
White Paper (Unpublished)
The study involved college students enrolled in remedial reading courses.
Findings: Students who continued for a second semester showed much greater gains on average than did those who participated in Reading Plus for one semester. A one semester gain was also seen in the 25 students who were both pre- and post-tested using the Visagraph Eye-Movement Recording System. The students improved their reading efficiency by an average of 4.6 Grade Level Equivalents in a single semester. The expected improvement over a year without specific training is 1.0 GLE. Within the Reading Plus program, the students improved their Part B, or guided slot, rate by an average of 92% while maintaining an average comprehension of 70% over an average of 43 lessons.
Effectiveness of an On-Line Computerized Eye-Movement Training Program to Improve Oculomotor Control in Adult Readers: A Pilot Study
Kim Tran, Cui Yu, Tomohito Okumura, and Hannu R.V. Laukkanen
Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2004, pp.115-121
The study was conducted on eight adults between the ages of 24 and 35. Five subjects in the treatment group completed ten weeks of Reading Plus and the other three were placed in a control group with no intervention. Both groups were pre- and post-tested with the Visagraph for fixations, regressions, span of recognition, duration of fixations, reading rate with comprehension, and reading comprehension.
After post-testing on the Visagraph, results indicated greater improvement on all of the measurable categories listed above for the treatment group, while the control group showed very little change.
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