Reading on the Ropes: A Pilot Study of an Accelerated Remediation Program with Alternative High School Students
High school students must read to learn curriculum, yet few interventions are proven to substantially help close literacy gaps for older students with reading deficits. Students with large literacy deficits particularly benefit from explicit, systematic instruction of interventions emphasizing the structure of language (i.e., phonology, orthography, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics), aspects of cognition (i.e., problem solving, attention, reasoning, and inferencing), and organization of spoken and written language.
A 14-week pilot study of Readable English, a reading intervention using these structured literacy elements, provided embedded interactive orthography to scaffold online grade level content for students at two alternative high schools (N = 25). Students in the treatment group showed significant and meaningful increases in standardized tests of reading accuracy, fluency, and reading comprehension compared to minimal or no gains in the control group. Transfer effects from students using the Readable English markup to reading in standard English were demonstrated. Implications for use as accelerated remediation intervention for older adolescents are discussed.
Coggins, Joanne V. and Briggs, Laura C.
"Reading on the Ropes: A Pilot Study of an Accelerated Remediation Program with Alternative High School Students,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2352
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