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How to Evaluate Library Reading Programs

    • 1). Obtain a quantitative tool with which to evaluate the reading program's effects on student learning. For example, reading pre-tests, such as Achieve 3000's KidBiz3000 or TeenBiz3000, can be given to students to gauge their reading progress over the course of the intervention program.

    • 2). Develop or locate surveys to gauge student attitudes over the course of the reading program and related activities. Consider, for example, the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. Or, develop one yourself with questions about how students feel about their own reading, about themselves as readers, and about their degree of progress. Develop this tool to gain a sense of any shift in attitudes toward reading, and administer it both before and after the reading program. Often student attitudes must improve before reading progress does.

    • 3). Administer the pre-test and the attitude survey in the first session of the reading program.

    • 4). At the conclusion of the reading program -- for example, the last week of a summer program or last semester of an after-school program -- administer the post-tests for academic improvement and another of the student surveys of attitudes about reading.

    • 5). Gather all of the data from the pre-tests, post-tests and student surveys. Align the results of the pre- and post-tests side-by-side to view improvements in reading scores. Gather and quantify the information from the surveys to determine attitudinal shifts among students as a result of the library reading program.

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