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    I need some documentation of the relationship between SSR time and 
higher test scores. We have had a 35-40 minute SSR time first thing in the 
morning in our middle school for the last several years, with core classes 
about 45-50 minutes long. Our admininstration is proposing a schedule change 
for next year. They want a block schedule of 70 minute classes, and they 
want to reduce SSR time to 20 minutes. I am passionate about our SSR time, 
but obviously I need to present data and research findings to support my 
stance. I just ordered Krashen's book The Power of Reading and hope to pull 
some support from that when it arrives next week. Can you quickly point me 
to any other sources? Although I feel like this proposed schedule is a "done 
deal," I feel strongly that I must present my stance in writing and be an 
advocate for this issue, and, of course, as soon as possible. Thank you for 
your help.

Carol F. Wirwa, Librarian
Crockett County Middle School
497 N. Cavalier Drive
Alamo, TN 38001

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