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ERIC Number: ED255552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 183
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing to Read in the Portland Public Schools. 1983-84 Evaluation Report.
Deboe, Marty; And Others
Writing to Read is an instructional system with a language experience approach to developing early writing and reading skills for primary children. Designed for a laboratory setting, the system consists of computerized phoneme instruction, 10 student workbooks, and language development activities that emphasize writing as a preliminary activity to reading instruction. This formative evaluation documents the 1983-84 piloting of the Writing to Read system in 14 elementary and Early Childhood Education Centers in the Portland Public Schools, Oregon. Data were collected from: (1) program descriptions covering system management, Writing to Read stations, classroom adaptations, relation to the rest of the language arts curriculum, and teacher or building coordinator roles and responsibilities; (2) on-site observations of student and teacher behaviors; (3) monthly classroom progress records; (4) teacher opinionnaire; and (5) principal interviews on 14 topics. The evaluation recommendations for the Curriculum Department include: (1) clarifying the place of Writing to Read in the language arts program; (2) establishing pupil readiness criteria; (3) recognizing the self-management dimension and its effect on student outcomes; and (4) evaluating Writing to Read with alternative language lab systems. The appendices contain the data collection instruments, program descriptions, principals' comments, and classroom progress graphs. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portland Public Schools, OR. Research and Evaluation Dept.
Identifiers: Portland School District OR; Writing to Read
Note: Small print in graphs in figures 6-9 and in Appendix D.