A research project conducted by a professor at OU-Chillicothe with Chillicothe High School math students could be a groundbreaking. Dywayne Nicely details what they found concerning a connection between reading problems and difficulty in math.
Reading comprehension and performance on word problems in math class has a link. If students cannot read very well then they probably wont do very well on word problems.
According to Nicely, research had shown the link but nobody tried to correct the problem.
High school Juniors enrolled in Algebra 2 as well as Honors Pre-Calculus, were tested at beginning of the school year on their reading comprehension grade level equivalent score. They were tested with a word problem to gain an initial assessment appropriate to level they were at currently.
Going into it, any improvement was a success, according to Nicely. The Algebra 2 close improved by 15%. The Honors Pre-Calculus classed improved by 5%.