Strengthening comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading

Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) is a set of research-based best practices with enhanced benefits for high-needs students. Pamela Buckley and colleagues give an overview

POOR READING COMPREHENSION is a national crisis. According to the US National Assessment of Education Progress (2011), fewer than 34% of eighth grade (Year 9 in the UK) students across the country comprehend what they read at or above proficient levels. Teachers may assume that children who read words accurately can also comprehend and learn from texts simply by reading. As a result, many neglect to teach adequately how to read for learning and understanding. In addition, the readability level of typical texts may be too high for below-grade- level readers, and the “unfriendliness” of many texts can result in disengagement and comprehension struggles.

What we know
● Collaborative Strategic Reading is a set of practices for improving reading comprehension.
● CSR has yielded positive outcomes with enhanced benefits for high-need children.
● Teachers introduce CSR strategies and students apply them in cooperative groups.
● CSR aligns with existing and newly adopted curricula.
● An urban district has been awarded an i3 validation grant to use CSR for accelerating reading comprehension district-wide.

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October 2013