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Lessons in Reading Reform: Finding What Works
Julian R. Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Cory Koedel

August 2010

A five-year reform effort in San Diego schools succeeded in raising literacy levels for lagging elementary and middle school students by increasing the amount of time spent on reading, the authors find. Among the other ingredients for success: professional development for teachers, a comprehensive vision and execution by the school district—and considerable patience in waiting for results.

This report was supported with funding from the Donald Bren Foundation.