ERIC Number: ED185595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Local District Developed Spelling Program Based on Fifty Years of Research.
Ross, George H.; Middleton, Mildred
The Cedar Rapids Community School District used the CIPP (context, input, process, and product) evaluation model to improve its spelling program. During the CIPP model's final stage of product evaluation, the district used test data to decide whether the revised spelling program maintained spelling ability and provided for additional growth. The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) spelling subtest results from fall 1975 (before program implementation) were compared to fall 1977 results (after implementation). The spring 1977 and spring 1979 results of district developed spelling tests were also compared. These district tests were in two formats--editing/multiple choice and list/dictation. The ITBS results indicated increases in spelling scores for all grades. Comparison of the 1977 and 1979 district spelling tests in the editing formats showed maintenance for grades two through four and growth in grades five through ten. The tests in the list/dictation format showed maintenance for grades two through eight and growth in grades nine and ten. (A copy of the teacher-administrator management guide to the district's spelling program is appended.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).