Reading #2 - UTL 341R Overcoming Reading Difficulties...

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UTL 341R – Overcoming Reading Difficulties Reading #2 September 22, 2009 Reading #2 Groover, Peggy. "Closing Achievement Gaps." Classroom Leadership 8.4 (2004): n. pag. Web. 21 Sep 2009. Summary: This article talks about how African American boys have lower test scores and reading capabilities than their peers. Research has shown that one of the reasons for this is because the African American students are not engaged in what they are reading because there are no African American characters that the students can relate to. When given the opportunity to read literature with African American characters, the African American boys do significantly better on tests. Main Points: 1. Test scores between 65-71 when having all white characters; jump to 87-93 when feature African American characters. 2. 50% of African American students scored below basic level in standardized testing for language arts, while only 4% of other ethnic groups scored below basic level. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2010 for the course UTL 341R taught by Professor Lagrone during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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