Teachers Develop Students’ Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies

Exhibit 9.2 presents teachers’ reports about the reading skills and strategies that they include in their reading instruction on at least a weekly basis. Most of the students (94-96%) have lessons at least weekly on how to locate information within texts, identify main ideas, and explain or support their understanding of what they read. Somewhat smaller percentages (75-83%) have at least weekly lessons that cover: 1) comparing what they have read to their own experiences, 2) making comparisons across texts, 3) making predictions about the texts, or 4) making generalizations or inferences. About two-thirds (66-69%) have at least weekly lessons on describing text style or structure, or on determining the author’s perspective.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies