Research & Evidence

Ninth-Grade Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy Course and Its Impact

Stuart Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation
 • 1996–1999

This set of three linked studies documented the impact of a Reading Apprenticeship academic literacy course for grade 9 students in an urban high school. The course was designed to accelerate students’ engagement and skills in reading and responding to academic texts across disciplines. In addition to significant changes in their attitudes and behaviors related to reading, students across all ethnic groups gained an average of two years growth in seven months as measured by the Degrees of Reading Power standardized reading test.