Each school can have a maximum of 15 students per group with no more than two clubs operating at the same time. Students meet with the facilitator at least once a week before the school day begins to read and discuss selected books. Books will be selected based on reading level, grade level appropriateness and high interest content.
Outcomes for students will be measured through library circulation, pre and post assessments using the Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading (STAR) and/or the Florida Assessment of Instruction in Reading (FAIR) to track learning gains. STAR is a computer-adaptive assessment of general reading achievements that teachers can administer frequently to monitor students' growth. FAIR is a state-wide assessment for students in grades K-12 that measures reading fluency and comprehension at three assessment periods during the school year.
The program's effectiveness also will be measured through increased FCAT results for students participating in the book clubs for multiple years.
In addition to this quantitative data, teachers and students participating in MSMBC will complete satisfaction surveys to gather their input on what went well with the program and what needs improvement. Additional questions will assess the frequency students are reading for pleasure and their selection habits.