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The results are in–
Using newspapers in the classroom increases test scores!

According to a study conducted for the Newspaper Association of America Foundation by Dan Sullivan, a professor at the University of Minnesota:
  • students in schools with at least some NIE programs did 10% better on standardized reading tests than those in schools with no NIE programs.
  • the intensity of service (full year?) appears to have a larger and significant effect
  • significant increases in performance were more likely to occur in middle schools
  • low income, minority and non–native English-speaking students benefit significantly from NIE programs.

Read Dan Sullivan's full report.


"Using the newspaper as text fosters greater gains in reading scores."

Read Wendy Grimshaw's full report.


Click here to download the Teachers's Guide to Newspaper-Based Activities Designed to Develop Reading Fluency Skills.