Title

Self-Selected Reading: An Alternative to Formal Summer Reading Programs for Middle School Students

Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Michael Coquyt

Keywords

Summer Reading Program Middle School

Abstract

The Read 180 program has proven to increase Lexile scores, but students often do not make enough gains in one (sixth grade) or even two (sixth and seventh grade) school years to exit the program before they leave middle school in eighth grade. The result is three years of missed curriculum and added challenges due to reading difficulty. Those students too often leave middle school not ready to face the academic challenges of high school where grades count.

This paper examines the use of self-selected reading during the summer and its impact on students' perfomance on the reading inventory test as compared to students who are enrolled in summer session of Read 180 and students who do no extra reading during the summer.

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