Promoting Adolescents’ Comprehension of Text (PACT):
Annual student growth in reading achievement is greatest during elementary school and declines considerably over time, with high school students making the least growth. Although the consequences of failing to develop adequate reading comprehension skills in middle school and high school students are major, individuals this age are often not the focus of cognitive and intervention studies. Funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education, this five-year study assesses students in middle school and high school on text and cognitive processes and motivational and engagement factors that affect reading comprehension of older students. Through the use of design experiments, innovative curricula and instructional approaches geared specifically for older, struggling students will be developed.