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ERIC Number: ED002592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Jul
Pages: 9
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READING CENTERS, SUMMARY REPORT.
STACK, THELMA D.
ELEMENTARY READING CENTERS FOR THE YEAR 1962-63 SERVED MORE STUDENTS OF AVERAGE ABILITY THAN STUDENTS OF HIGH OR LOW ABILITY. AVERAGE READING GAIN PER STUDENT WAS NOTED AS APPROXIMATELY 1 YEAR. NAMES OF INTELLIGENCE TESTS AND ACHIEVEMENT TESTS (BOTH SILENT AND ORAL READING) AND THE NUMBER OF TIMES THEY WERE USED ARE GIVEN. STUDENTS CAME FROM SCHOOLS WITH AN 8TH GRADE TOP AS WELL AS SCHOOLS WITH A 6TH-GRADE TOP. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF MONTHS IN THE CENTER WAS 7.5 MONTHS FOR THOSE STUDENTS FROM THE 8TH-GRADE TOP SCHOOLS, AND 8.5 MONTHS FOR CHILDREN FROM THE 6TH-GRADE TOP SCHOOLS. THE ADDITIONAL LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE 6TH-GRADE TOP SCHOOLS MAY BE A FACTOR IN THEIR GAIN BEING COMPARABLE TO THAT OF CHILDREN IN THE 8TH-GRADE TOP SCHOOLS. ENROLLMENT OF CLASSES WAS USUALLY BELOW 50, AND IN SOME CASES WAS BETWEEN 35 AND 40. TEACHER, PARENT, AND STUDENT COMMENTS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM ARE INCLUDED. A SPECIAL HANDBOOK PREPARED FOR USE OF READING CENTER TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONNEL IS GIVEN. TESTING AND TEACHERS' JUDGMENTS DETERMINE WHICH CHILDREN ARE ELIGIBLE FOR REMEDIAL HELP, AND THOSE CHILDREN ELIGIBLE ARE INVITED, RATHER THAN ASSIGNED, TO A READING CENTER. UPON ATTAINMENT IN READING COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR MENTAL AGES, PUPILS ARE EXCUSED FROM FURTHER ATTENDANCE IN THE READING CENTER, BUT CAREFUL OBSERVATION OF THEM CONTINUES IN THE CLASSROOM TO SEE THAT ACHIEVEMENT IS MAINTAINED. THE TESTING PROGRAM, ADMISSION POLICIES, ORGANIZATION OF CLASSES, AND EVALUATION OF PUPIL PROGRESS ARE EXPLAINED. TESTS USED WERE--LORGE THORNDIKE AND CALIFORNIA TEST OF MENTAL MATURITY FOR INTELLIGENCE, GILMORE AND GATES FOR ORAL READING, AND IOWA BASIC SKILLS, CALIFORNIA, AND GATES READING SURVEY FOR SILENT READING. SUGGESTED REMEDIAL AIDS INCLUDE MCCALL-CRABBE STANDARD TEST BOOK, PRACTICE READERS, AND READERS DIGEST SKILL BUILDERS.
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Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI.
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Milwaukee)