According to a new study from Ohio University, math scores get a boost from reading comprehension.
The link between math scores and reading comprehension seems logical, but there is also solid research backing up the connection. According to Dywayne Nicely, assistant professor of math at Ohio University Chillicothe, when students struggle to solve a word problem, poor reading skills are often the cause. Most solutions start in elementary or middle school, but Nicely wanted to test a high school intervention.
“Our pitch was that we wanted to get them college-ready,” he says.
Nicely received a grant from the Ohio Baker Fund, and enrolled 63 students in his study. He made regular reading assignments, and then set about testing with ACT style questions.
Nicely found significant improvement in scores in algebra 2 and pre-calculus over the period of a year.