A.C. Flora Media Center Newsletter

September 18th, 2015---------------Dr. Russ Conrath, NBCT

The A.C. Flora Media Center Book Club Meets For the First Time This School Year.

On Thursday, September 3rd, the A.C. Flora Book Club met to discuss what books they would be reading this school year. The group decided that we would read The Tyrant's Daughter and I am Malala; these two books are educational and inspiring and will generate relevant, meaningful dialog during meetings.

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The A.C. Flora Media Center Book Club Information

Come to the media center and

check out the A.C. Flora high

school book club. By joining

the book club, you’ll find out

about places you’ve never

been and meet exciting characters

you’ll never find in movies

or a television show. You’ll

think of things you never

thought of before. Doors will

open that you never knew existed.

You’ll have the chance

to share what you find with

others and develop a deeper

appreciation for your classes.

Grades will improve, and you’ll

see the world in a new and

completely different way. It’s

the intellectual purchase of a

lifetime.


Dr. Conrath, NBCT

A.C. Flora's Librarian

Why Are Active Reading Programs Better Than Passive Reading Programs?

The following is the abstract to my dissertation, A Comparative Study for the Effects of a Supplemental Reading Program on Eighth-Grade Students' Reading Comprehension Growth.


ABSTRACT

The purpose of the present study is to compare the reading achievement growth of eighth-grade students following a six-month period of participation in the Accelerated Reader program with the reading achievement growth of eighth-grade students with no participation in the Accelerated Reader program over the same six-month period.


Given the recent high stakes environment for student performance and teacher accountability in education, reading comprehension has become very important for the overall academic success for students. Many schools throughout the United States have attempted to improve reading comprehension with the use of supplemental reading programs (Grenawalt, 2004). The most popular reading program is Accelerated Reader (AR) (Nunnery, Ross, & McDonald, 2006). In order to determine if the use of the AR program impacts academic performance for reading comprehension, two schools that use the Measures of Academic Progress to measure reading growth are the focus of the present study. The AR school is represented by a school with an eighth grade consisting of 251 students and the non-AR control school, with no reading program, is represented by a school with an eighth grade consisting of 95 students. A pre-test/post-test group design is utilized in a causal comparative study. Student reading scores from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test are compared from the fall and spring scores in the 2006-2007 school year utilizing a t-test. The data indicates that the non-AR school has better reading growth over a six-month period. In addition, t-tests are used to see if gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status (SES), are influenced by natural reading comprehension growth without a supplemental reading program and with AR as a reading program. There is no significance for any of these subgroups; however, the data indicates that non-white students did better than whites at both schools. Initially, an Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) is planned to see if there are interactive effects for reading comprehension growth at the AR school and non-AR school. A Levene’s Test of Equality of Error Variance is run first to check for violations of assumptions and it finds that the ANCOVA model violates the assumption of equal variances. With the discovery of this error, an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) is run to examine interactive effects for school and race, and the data indicates that there are not any interactive effects for school or race between the two schools. Following the quantitative analyses, two faculty members at both schools are surveyed to gain insight about student reading habits at their respective schools. Results of the surveys at the non-AR school indicate that students are encouraged to read constantly, in class, independently, and with parents or guardians. Faculty at the non-AR school also state that there is constant emphasis placed on critical thinking skills in relation to reading. At the AR school, faculty indicate that student reading habits in relation to AR do seem to impact students checking out more books in the media center. With information gained from this research, educators and researchers may need to re-evaluate the ability of AR to consistently improve reading comprehension growth for eighth-grade students.

For a more in-depth review of AR versus a more progressive reading program, please find my dissertation here: https://books.google.com/books/about/A_Comparative_Study_for_the_Effects_of_a.html?id=WVWZnP_5HWAC