ERIC Number: ED188153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comprehensive Approach to Reading Improvement.
Nichols, Roy D., Jr.
A reading program implemented in the Birmingham, Alabama, public schools in 1974 has produced increases in reading achievement in each of the years it has been used. Prior to 1974, the average Birmingham student's standardized reading test scores ranged from two months below the national average at the end of first grade to one year and nine months below the national average at the end of seventh grade; in 1979, the average achievement for each grade level was a full half year above the 1973-74 levels. The reading program that was developed involved the following components: (1) a widely publicized commitment to reading by the school system; (2) inservice teacher training; (3) reliance on a system based on the concept of mastery learning; (4) use of an eclectic instructional approach providing for variations in instructional materials and time tables according to individual children's needs; and (5) development of a continuum of reading skills, accompanied by pretests and posttests for each skill and by record keeping forms, to help teachers keep track of what each student has mastered. Evaluations of the program have indicated its successes and have pointed to areas in which improvement is needed. (GT)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Low Achievement, Mastery Learning, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Publicity, Reading Achievement, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, Reading Skills, Records (Forms), Sequential Approach, Skill Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama (Birmingham)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (San Francisco, CA, April 1980).