Evaluates elements of reforms designed to improve reading scores among students identified as lagging behind, including extended-length English classes and school years. Considers the role of teachers' experience, lessons learned, and policy implications.
- Successful Strategy: Providing additional time for reading to students who are struggling can boost students' literacy levels
- Observation: Extending the school year may be an important way to improve students' success
- Observation: A comprehensive and coherent reform strategy is essential to boosting achievement
- Observation: Early intervention to aid students who lag behind in reading could be far more effective than intervention in high school