Cougar Readers: Piloting a Library-Based Intervention for Struggling Readers

Knapp, Nancy F.
January 2013
School Libraries Worldwide;Jan2013, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p72
Academic Journal
A school librarian helped struggling third-grade readers improve their test scores and learn to enjoy reading by implementing the Reading Apprenticeship intervention at her isolated rural school. She recruited twenty-one local adult volunteers to read with student partners in the school library twice a week for twelve weeks. Participants were enthusiastic, averaging more than 21 completed sessions. From pre- to post-test, students gained an average of'24.8 WPM on the DIBELS (138% of expected gain) and 9.1 months on the STAR (303% of expected gain). Teachers' written observations also noted associated positive changes in classroom reading skills and behaviors. Recommendations for use of this intervention by other school librarians are included.


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