Examining Student Reading Growth Across Low, Moderate, and High Performers

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with Peer Assisted Learning Strategies reading program.
  2. be better equipped to address oral reading fluency concerns.
  3. evaluate student performance against normative growth rates.


This study examined the effects of the Peer Assisted Learning Strategies reading program on two elementary second grade classrooms. The results of the study showed that student’s oral reading fluency significantly increased from pre- to posttest. Additionally, results suggested that low and moderate performing reader’s growth rates were significantly higher than high performing readers. The data suggests that the program may be most effective for students that have moderate reading difficulties.



Jessica L. Thompson, Spokane Public Schools
Joseph Engler, Gonzaga University
Jenna M. White, Gonzaga University

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