Reading Plus Raises the Reading Achievement of Adult Students

Purpose of Study

The web-based Reading Plus structured silent reading program is often used in remedial reading courses for adults. This study evaluated the effects of Reading Plus practice on the reading proficiency of adult students who used the program over a four-month period.

Study Design

The reading proficiency of a national sample of 1,226 adults was measured on two occasions approximately four months apart using the InSight reading proficiency assessment.

Key Results

A significant positive relationship was found between increasing amounts of Reading Plus practice and larger grade-level gains on the InSight assessment (p < .001).

As well, students who completed 100 or more reading practice lessons (~30 hours) increased their silent reading rates significantly (p < .001).