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Reading at Home

posted Feb 19, 2017, 2:58 PM by Christine Roman

February 17, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We are finishing up our middle of the year data and starting to look at results.  We analyze the data in at least three ways:  individual, class and whole school.  Our faculty and staff are celebrating the successes and working hard to develop systemic changes to help with our areas that need improvement.

When looking at a systemic change, we discuss a variety of things such as, our delivery of instruction, the intensity of the instruction and the group’s dynamic.  We do not look at just one assessment tool.  We try to triangulate our data.

Research has studied the impact of students reading at home.  Below is a summary of a study done by Nagy and Herman.

WHY READ 20 MINUTES AT HOME?

Student A Reads

Student B Reads

Student C Reads

20 minutes per day

5 minutes per day

1 minute per day

3.600 minutes per school year

900 minutes per school year

180 minutes per school year

1,800,000 words per year

282,000 words per year

8,000 words per year

Scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests

Scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests

Scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests

If students start reading for 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days, Student B will have read for 12 school days, and Student C will have read for 3.


It is our hope as a team, we will have all of our students become the best scholars they can be.  At school, we will provide a safe learning environment and rigorous instruction using research-based curriculum.  At home, students should be reading and completing their homework. Together what a difference we can make!

Have a great weekend!

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