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Comprehension-Based Silent Reading Rates: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

Instruction | Upper Elementary School | Middle School | High School 

Summary of Findings:

This paper reviews research on the development of silent reading habits and examines instructional practices that can lead to good reading efficiency and strong comprehension. The authors argue that what can be accomplished in digital contexts, such as instantaneously adjusting scaffolds and text difficulty in response to student performance, allows for “precision in scaffolding that is difficult to achieve in a classroom setting or even a tutoring one.”

“The fact that the yearlong gains made by the primarily low achieving students in this silent reading intervention were substantially larger than the mean overall gains at the state and district levels is noteworthy.”
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Study Profile

Type of Study: Review of Research

Participants: N = 16,143+

Measure: Reading Fluency Measures

Publication: Literacy Research and Instruction, 51(2), 110-124, 2012

Authors: Elfrieda H. Hiebert, S. Jay Samuels, and Timothy V. Rasinski