Reading Plus

Socioeconomic Status (SES) Research

TITLE:

Reading Plus® Significantly Raises Achievement for Students Eligible for Subsidized Lunch.

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS:

Students from families with incomes ranging up to 185 percent of the poverty threshold are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. For this reason, eligibility for subsidized lunch is often used as a proxy measure for family income. Across all grades, Reading Plus practice by students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch was associated with highly significant (p<.001) increases in reading proficiency as measured by the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT). In addition, Reading Plus students receiving subsidized lunches were significantly more likely than their higher income peers who did not use Reading Plus to advance from below satisfactory to a satisfactory level or higher on the FCAT.

“These results suggest that the Reading Plus program is an effective tool for developing reading proficiency in students from lower-income families.”

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