CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – More than half of Massachusetts high school students still struggle with their reading skills.
Chicopee teacher Krystal Dejesus devotes 90 minutes each morning to intensive reading with her 4th grade class at the Anna Barry Elementary School.
Mrs. Dejesus’ students told 22News, they understand why Mrs. Dejesus insists on a goal of reading excellence.
Elliot Degray, 4th grade student, said, “To make us understand how to read better to push us to read more.”
Rylie Cavanaugh, 4th grade student, said, “To push use to understand how to read and understand words we don’t understand”
Mrs. Dejesus believes this rigorous program will help her students in high school, where almost half the students fall short in adequate reading levels.
Enthusiasm for what they’re reading also helps sharpen their skills. “I think that finding skills that you enjoy reading out of different genres and things like that and just find what interests you,” said Mrs. Dejesus.
Mrs. Dejesus told 22News reading programs like the one’s emphasized at Chicopee schools could help increase high school reading scores.