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Middle Grades Reading Network, University of Evansville

There is abundant evidence that schools with strong reading programs have successful students. But building strong reading skills is a complex task, particularly by the time students reach the middle grades. A survey was conducted that involved all Indiana middle grades schools in May 2009. Two types of data analysis were utilized in preparing the report. Quantitative results were based on the rating by counselors, library media specialists, principals, teachers, and others (curriculum coordinator, English department chair, instructional aide, library aide, media aide, and Title I aide). The 15 topics addressed were the following: (1) Classes for struggling readers; (2) Contacts with feeder schools about reading achievement; (3) Employment of licensed reading teachers; (4) Increasing high school graduation rates by attention to reading skills; (5) Library book acquisitions growing to keep collections current; (6) Library book circulation; (7) Professional development for reading teachers; (8) Reading classes available; (9) Reading promotion within the school; (10) Reading skill materials available to reading teachers; (11) School district reading leadership; (12) School reading environment; (13) School-wide reading programs; (14) Summer reading promotion; and (15) Use of public libraries by students. Comments provided qualitative results in all the above areas. A Survey of Middle Grades Reading Issues is appended. (Contains 32 tables.)

Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Public Libraries, Media Specialists, Reading Teachers, Librarians, School Libraries, Middle Schools, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Surveys, School Counselors, Principals, Middle School Students, Reading Difficulties, Elementary Schools, Library Materials, Library Services, Faculty Development, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, School Districts, Summer Programs

Middle Grades Reading Network. University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln, Evansville, IN 47722. Tel: 812-423-5570; Fax: 812-423-6034; e-mail: jh25[at]; Web site:

Autor: Humphrey, Jack W.


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