Message from the Principal

Joanne Kramer
Principal, Joanne Kramer, click here for Bio

Independent Reading Builds Knowledge

Research on the correlation between achievement on standardized tests and reading outside of school is clear that reading volume is associated with academic performance (Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding, 1988). To illustrate this point, consider three hypothetical 5th grade students: The first reads 40 minutes a day on average, meaning she is consuming more than 2.3 million words per year. Her test scores show it; she's in the 90th percentile on standardized assessments. The second, an average student, scores in the 50th percentile. The correlational data show that he reads on average for 12 minutes a day, resulting in about 601,000 words consumed per year, or 1.7 million fewer words than his high-achieving classmate. Of even more concern is the child who reads for only 90 seconds a day on the average outside of school. This child is exposed to a deeply impoverished 51,000 words per year (about the same reading volume the first student reads in a week) and scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests. He will enter high school nearly 7 million words behind his high-achieving classmate. This sobering data points to the multiplicative effect of low reading volume across the school years. For Full Article see ASCD Express, by Nancy Frey & Douglas Fisher, 10/12/2017


Parents-Please make it a goal to have your children in school, on time, every single day!


Mrs. Joanne Kramer

February 2018

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