Impact of Reading Plus on Reading Proficiency Growth: National Results for the 2019-2020 School Year
Instruction | Middle School
Summary of Findings:
Across all tier groups, students who completed the recommended amount of Reading Plus instruction during the school year achieved significantly larger proficiency gains than students who did not engage in Reading Plus instruction.
These results show that students in all tier groups who engaged in the recommended amount of Reading Plus instruction over the course of the 2019-2020 school year significantly increased their capacity to comprehend increasingly complex texts, developed their capacity to understand higher levels of general academic vocabulary, and improved their reading efficiency. Students who completed more Reading Plus lessons achieved significantly larger gains than their peers who engaged in little or no Reading Plus practice. The results also show that students who were below grade level and engaged in more Reading Plus instruction increased their reading confidence and interest in reading. This in turn increases the likelihood that they will continue to use reading as a means to expand their knowledge, to be entertained, and to seek inspiration.
This report describes the progress achieved by Reading Plus students who were enrolled in grades 6 through 8 during the 2019-2020 school year. The focus is on students who completed the InSight silent reading assessment on at least two occasions, once near the start of the school year and again during the spring, so that growth over the school year was measured. Students were divided into three tier groups based on their performance on the initial assessment (see sidebar).
Students for whom valid reading rates could not be calculated.
- Tier 1 – Fall 2019 Reading Proficiency Index scores were at/above students’ grade level > Recommended Reading Plus Instruction: 20 hours
- Tier 2 – Fall 2019 Reading Proficiency Index scores were below the student’s grade level but less than three grades below > Recommended Reading Plus Instruction: 40 hours
- Tier 3 – Fall 2019 Reading Proficiency Index scores were three or more grade levels below the students’ grade level > Recommended Reading Plus Instruction: 60 hours
Analyses assumed 2.5 SeeReader lessons per hour.
Across all tier groups, middle school students who engaged in the recommended amount of Reading Plus instruction during the school year increased their reading proficiency levels to a significantly greater extent than did students who completed fewer or no lessons. Research has shown that students who increase their reading proficiency using Reading Plus also report increased levels of reading interest and confidence, a finding that was replicated in this study.
Study Sample: 123,730 middle school students who completed two or more InSight reading assessments.
School Districts: 666
Study Inclusion Requirements:
- Students in grade 6 through 8
- Students with fall 2019 (pre) and spring 2020 (post) InSight assessment scores