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Lessons in Reading Reform: Finding What Works

Published: August 2010

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Betts, Julian R.; Cory Koedel; Andrew C. Zau

Funder(s): Donald Bren Foundation

View Report (24 pages; 5.61MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Literacy/Reading Skills


This report evaluates the Blueprint for Student Success, a program launched by the San Diego Unified School District consisting of literacy reforms aimed at narrowing reading achievement gaps. The study examines why some elements of the Blueprint succeeded and how they could be implemented elsewhere.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+Providing additional time for reading to students who are struggling can boost studentsí literacy levels

=Extending the school year may be an important way to improve studentsí success

=A comprehensive and coherent reform strategy is essential to boosting achievement

=Early intervention to aid students who lag behind in reading could be far more effective than intervention in high school

Geographic Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Blueprint for Student Success; San Diego Unified School District; school reforms; reading reforms; literacy; achievement gaps; low-performing schools

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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