Susan Williams, an assistant director at the San Mateo Adult School, discusses the “tremendous success” she has experienced with adult learners using Reading Plus. “The impact is profound,” Ms. Williams says. This California-based adult education center used Reading Plus with adults who had limited reading skills. Ms. Williams describes how these students made strong gains in their persistence and reading ability after using the program
Title: National Research Project: Northeastern Junior College Comparison Study 2006-2007 Author: Victoria Tarbell Publication: White Paper (Unpublished) Summary: The study involved college students enrolled in remedial reading courses. Findings: Findings: Students who continued for a second semester showed much greater gains on average than did those who participated in Reading Plus for one semester. A one semester gain was also seen in the 25 students who were both pre- and post-tested using the Visagraph Eye-Movement Recording System. The students improved their reading efficiency by an average of 4.6 Grade Level Equivalents in a single semester. The expected improvement over a year without specific training is 1.0 GLE. Within the Reading Plus program, the students improved their Part B, or guided slot, rate by an average of 92% while maintaining an average comprehension of 70% over an average of 43 lessons.
Title: Effectiveness of an On-Line Computerized Eye-Movement Training Program to Improve Oculomotor Control in Adult Readers: A Pilot Study Authors: Kim Tran, Cui Yu, Tomohito Okumura, and Hannu R.V. Laukkanen Publication: Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2004, pp.115-121 Summary: The study was conducted on eight adults between the ages of 24 and 35. Five subjects in the treatment group completed ten weeks of Reading Plus and the other three were placed in a control group with no intervention. Both groups were pre- and post-tested with the Visagraph for fixations, regressions, span of recognition, duration of fixations, reading rate with comprehension, and reading comprehension. Findings: After post-testing on the Visagraph, results indicated greater improvement on all of the measurable categories listed above for the treatment group, while the control group showed very little change. Link to Article: http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=coofac