By eighth grade, two-thirds of students are struggling to comprehend grade-level texts. As text books and other reading materials increase in complexity, this shortfall in comprehension can lead to low achievement across all subject areas. In this topic you'll find resources designed to address challenges and improve literacy and comprehension in middle and high school and.

To provide students with the best support in their developing literacy skills, teachers need to provide direct, explicit vocabulary and comprehension strategy instruction that leads to students' independent practice, opportunities for extended text discussion, and monitoring for all students' reading progress, including intensive intervention for struggling students.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices.

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Conducting a Self-Assessment of Adolescent Literacy Intervention Opportunities

Principals and reading specialists are encouraged to use this tool to assess the status of their school’s adolescent literacy intervention opportunities for the purpose of strengthening the...

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04/01/2014
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Learning Together About Tiered Instruction for Struggling Readers

Use this in-service planner to organize a session for teachers to learn about the role of assessment, importance of using explicit comprehension strategies, and planning interventions matched to...

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04/01/2014
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Using Data: Student Work Review and Planning Protocol

This protocol can be used by reading specialists and language arts coordinators to help teachers review student progress and use data to plan instructional interventions for struggling...

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04/01/2014
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Assessments

This table lists assessments used by Dr. Don Deshler and his colleagues to evaluate the progress of students in their programs for reading interventions for older adolescents. The assessments are...

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04/01/2014
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Planning for Student Success

Pocomoke Middle School uses a collaborative assessment approach to ensure high-quality, schoolwide literacy instruction, team monitoring of student progress, and ongoing data sharing among teaching...

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04/01/2014
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ACCESS Class Weekly Record and Program Overview

A school teacher uses this template designed by Jim Burke to help students who struggle with reading get organized, motivated, and set weekly academic goals. Learn more about her approach in the...

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04/01/2014
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High School Literacy Intervention

High School Literacy Intervention

Hear Judith Hamilton explain how one high school uses a schoolwide, data-driven process to identify reading needs and plan tiered classroom and supplemental interventions, and the role of reading...

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04/01/2014
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Safety Nets for Struggling Readers in High School

Safety Nets for Struggling Readers in High School

A principal and reading specialist describe a comprehensive approach for identifying student needs and providing interventions, such as reading skills classes focused on decoding. Related...

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04/01/2014
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Benchmark Assessment and Data-Sharing

Benchmark Assessment and Data-Sharing

Faith Giddens, curriculum planner and testing coordinator, describes how school staff collaborates to design interventions based on assessment results, team reviews of student work, and data-driven...

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04/01/2014
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High School Academic Literacy Intervention Class

High School Academic Literacy Intervention Class

Morgan Hallabrin describes the approach of her intervention class, including modeling comprehension, vocabulary strategies, and student goal-setting. View two related sample materials, ACCESS Class...

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04/01/2014
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Planning for Engaging Text Discussions

Trainers, coaches, and expert teachers are encouraged to use this planner to provide in-service training on facilitating text discussion. During this session, teachers will view or listen to four...

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04/01/2014
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Observation Tool: Using Text Discussion to Further Reading Comprehension

A teacher or teacher trainer can use this tool to observe a colleague or video of a classroom discussion and reflect on key elements for preparing students for text discussion. Related Media and...

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04/01/2014
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