Newspapers in Education

Why should I use newspapers in my classroom?

What does the research say?

A 2005 study by Stephan Earl Sargent, Ed.D. (College of Education, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma), examined differences in attitudes toward reading among 3rd, 4th and 5th graders using the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. All students were tested on reading attitudes in the fall of 2004 and then tested again in April 2005. Sargent's findings were dramatic. Students who used newspapers regularly throughout the year with the Newspapers in Education Program had a mean score that was eight percent higher than the control group, while the control group's scores had a slight drop. Sargent's conclusion:

Regular use of the Newspapers in Education Program positively impacts the reading attitudes of students in the third, fourth and fifth-grades.

A 2002 study by Dan Sullivan School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota) measured the impact of NIE programs in 22 cities across the country. In each city the study compared schools that used NIE newspapers with those that did not, using the local or state reading test. The findings concluded:

  • On average, students who use the newspaper in school scored 10 percent better on standardized reading tests than students who did not.
  • Students had as much as a 29 percent increase in test scores in the newspaper group in schools with a high percentage of low-income, non-English speaking or minority students.
  • In all cases, the more newspapers that were used throughout the year, the greater the gain in test scores.

Source: on July 20, 2006

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Julie Collins
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