[Susan notes: The article makes so-called Renaissance Reading 'research' look legitimate. Good for Krashen in providing some real research. Another thing that could be mentioned is that Accelerated Reader discourages nonfiction reading by giving more points to fiction, which, by and large, comes in longer books. Example:
To the editor
Student Reading Practices Lag Far Behind National Goals (Dec. 9) claims that young people these days are reading books that don't challenge them, that is, fiction written below their grade level. The data comes from a report published by the Renaissance Learning company, and is based on what young people read when they participate in the Accelerated Reader program in school. Accelerated Reader is a commercial program owned by Renaissance Learning that gives readers points on tests based on what they read, and awards prizes in exchange for the points.
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