Reading Instruction


Evidence from the Talent Development High School Model

May, 2005
James J. Kemple, Corinne Herlihy, Thomas J. Smith

Talent Development, a high school reform initiative, produced substantial positive effects on attendance, academic course credits earned, tenth-grade promotion, and algebra pass rates for students in very low-performing schools in Philadelphia.


The Effect of Project GRAD on Elementary School
Student Outcomes in Four Urban Districts

July, 2006
Jason Snipes, Glee Ivory Holton, Fred Doolittle

This report describes the effects of Project GRAD, an ambitious education reform that targets high schools and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them, on student test scores in elementary schools in Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and Newark, New Jersey.


A Study of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

January, 2005
Kristin Porter, Sondra Cuban, John P. Comings

Library-based literacy programs face serious challenges to improving adult students’ participation. This study suggests programs should be prepared to accommodate intermittent participation by adult students and to connect students to social services and other supports.


Studying Efforts to Increase Adult Learner Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

September, 2001
John P. Comings, Sondra Cuban, Johannes Bos, Catherine Taylor

Responding to the Challenges of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

April, 2003
John P. Comings, Sondra Cuban, Johannes Bos, Kristin Porter

Based on a study of nine adult literacy programs in public libraries, this report examines student characteristics, participation patterns, and new strategies to raise student persistence.

The Social Innovation Fund ( SIF ) , an initiative enacted under the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, targets millions of dollars in public-private funds to expand effective solutions across three issue areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development and school support.

Low-performing high schools, particularly those serving low-income communities and students of color, are often characterized by high absentee and course failure rates, substantial dropout rates, and — even for graduates — inadequate preparation for postsecondary education and the labor market. As many as one-half to three-quarters of ninth-graders in low-performing...