Delayed Effects of a Low-Cost and Large-Scale Summer Reading Intervention on Elementary School Children's Reading Comprehension

James S. Kim, Jonathan Guryan*, Thomas G. White, David M. Quinn, Lauren Capotosto, Helen Chen Kingston

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Abstract

To improve the reading comprehension outcomes of children in high-poverty schools, policymakers need to identify reading interventions that show promise of effectiveness at scale. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a low-cost and large-scale summer reading intervention that provided comprehension lessons at the end of the school year and stimulated home-based summer reading routines with narrative and informational books. We conducted a randomized controlled trial involving 59 elementary schools, 463 classrooms, and 6,383 second and third graders and examined outcomes on the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) reading comprehension test administered nine months after the intervention, in the children's third- or fourth-grade year. We found that on this delayed outcome, the treatment had a statistically significant impact on children's reading comprehension, improving performance by.04 SD (standard deviation) overall and.05 SD in high-poverty schools. We also found, in estimates from an instrumental variables analysis, that children's participation in home-based summer book reading routines improved reading comprehension. The cost-effectiveness ratio for the intervention compared favorably to existing compensatory education programs that target high-poverty schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Research on Educational Effectiveness
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2016

Keywords

  • reading comprehension
  • reading interventions
  • scale-up
  • summer reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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