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Improving Reading Performance in Elementary-School Students in North Minneapolis.

McComas, Jennifer.

In 2004, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that only 42% of fourth-grade students and only 13% of African American students nationwide read at the proficient level, and that more than one-third of all fourth graders could not read at even the most basic level. Despite educators' use of evidence-based practices to improve reading performance, these figures have not improved in the past five years. One approach to increasing reading proficiency is to improve reading fluency. This article reports on a project at Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School that attempted to improve the reading fluency of elementary-school students in North Minneapolis, where a large proportion of students were struggling to be successful readers. The article describes the use of a summer reading program with elementary-school students reading below grade level in North Minneapolis, and reports on the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve reading fluency in these students.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by the Northside Seed Grant program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
38 (2): 35-38
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Reporter 38 (2)

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