A Secondary Reading Program in the Content Area, Madrid Community School District
Engler, Thomas D.
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The problem. In 1973 it had become obvious that the Madrid Community School district's secondary students were not reaching their maximum achievement levels in the area of reading. Students were having difficulty reading content area texts and concern was expressed by parents about the lack of progress in their children's coursework. A review of the limited standardized test data substantiated this concern. Procedure. Through the efforts of teachers, administrators, and the public, a program to change this lack of achievement was initiated. A federal grant was received and the development of a reading program in the content areas for grades 7 through 12 was started. Result. Approximately three years later, after the Title III federal grant, much work and complete staff involvement, reading scores are improving and public and student attitude towards reading has improved. The reading program has become a major segment of Madrid's 7 through 12 curriculum and has proven to be a program for all the students. Madrid's reputation is growing outside its physical boundaries as other school systems have observed the program and have utilized the experitse of Madrid's staff in reading for in-service instruction, for staff meetings and as convocation speakers.
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