David M. Quinn
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
14 Appian Way, Larsen 505
Cambridge, MA 02138
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2014||Does Reading During the Summer Build Reading Skills? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in 463 Classrooms|
with Jonathan Guryan, James S. Kim: w20689
There are large gaps in reading skills by family income among school-aged children in the United States. Correlational evidence suggests that reading skills are strongly related to the amount of reading students do outside of school. Experimental evidence testing whether this relationship is causal is lacking. We report the results from a randomized evaluation of a summer reading program called Project READS, which induces students to read more during the summer by mailing ten books to them, one per week. Simple intent-to-treat estimates show that the program increased reading during the summer, and show significant effects on reading comprehension test scores in the fall for third grade girls but not for third grade boys or second graders of either gender. Analyses that take advantage of ...