ERIC Number: ED255552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Beginning Reading, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Formative Evaluation, Instructional Innovation, Pilot Projects, Principals, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: 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.