ERIC Number: ED373456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Using "Success for All" To Restructure Elementary Schools: A Tale of Four Cities.
Ross, Steven M.; And Others
The Success for All (SAF) program was designed as a K-3 preventative and intensive intervention for students at risk of failing to learn to read for the purpose of bringing every student to grade level in reading by third grade. Key program elements include individualized tutoring, regrouping across grades into homogeneous reading classes, smaller reading classes, family support, and a comprehensive reading program. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the effects of the SFA program in four cities on student reading achievement. The sites included Memphis, Tennessee; Montgomery, Alabama; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Caldwell, Idaho. Specifically, the study sought to assess student achievement when the SFA program is introduced in settings geographically removed from program developers. A comparison of individual reading test results with those of matched control groups indicated advantages at three of the sites, with particular advantages for the lowest achieving 25 percent of students relative to their control counterparts at all four sites. Results also indicate that the SFA program can be replicated at distant locations with limited monitoring by program developers. Although there was variability in implementation quality and achievement outcomes, SFA has the following advantages: systematic procedures, comprehensive components, facilitator leadership, monitoring components, and extensive and ongoing staff development. Six figures and one table are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Success for All Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).