Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Arts and Science



Today the American high schools are beginning to be more concerned than ever about the reading difficulties of their pupils. Reading difficulties of high school pupils have long been known, but very little has been done to correct them. Many high schools now realize that they, too, must assume their share of the responsibility in teaching the mastery of the reading skills along with the efforts made by the elementary schools, if their pupils are to do satisfactory work.

When pupils enter high school it is assumed by the average teacher that they have acquired a satisfactory use of the reading skills, yet many of them arrive with only a moderate or a poor command of these skills. It is true, however, that many high school pupils have little difficulty with their reading; on the other hand, a considerable number of them have serious difficulty with theirs.

High school surveys using certain standardized tests show a range of reading ability from third-grade level to junior college level. Many pupils are found who are virtually non-readers. Kottmeyer"*" made a survey of the reading abilities of all eighth-grade graduates in the schools of St. Louis, Missouri by me ens or the Trexler Silent Reading Tests in June 1943 end January 1944. The following results were obtained from the survey.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Drew

Committee Member

M. T. Voyer

Committee Member

M. T. Voyer


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View




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