Providing ninth-graders with an extra 45 minutes a day of literacy instruction may help boost their reading skills -- but not by enough to help them reach grade level by the end of a school year, the findings of a new federal study suggest. "We know very little about what it takes to improve reading skills of struggling adolescent readers," said James J. Kemple, director of the education research firm spearheading the study. "The fact that three-quarters of students would still be eligible for the programs at the end of the year also suggests there's a long way to go."

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