Teachers aim to boost students' interest in reading, improve scores

12/13/2009 | Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), The

Faced with poor performance by students on state tests, educators in a Florida district are working to increase students' interest in reading. During 90-minute reading classes, teachers offer instruction, and students rotate among three groups -- computer-software users, independent readers and teacher-led group readers. "In order to get a job that pays well, you need to be able to read with comprehension at a much higher level today than 20 years ago," said Richard Long, a professor with a reading advocacy group.

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