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ERIC Number: ED027150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-25
Pages: 11
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Assessment of Reading Programs.
McGuire, Marion L.
A statewide assessment study of reading programs in Rhode Island is described. Data concerning the history of the primary reading program of the 1965-66 fourth-grade class were gathered; a status study of the reading programs throughout the elementary grades for that year was conducted. Principals' and teachers' opinions on the requirements for a good reading program were surveyed. Data indicated that reading comprehension was more closely related to family income and education than to any facet of the school reading program, that the most effective approach to reading was the whole-word approach with gradual phonics, that remedial work administered during school hours was more successful than that offered during nonschool hours, that a class of 35 students was the maximum size for successful reading achievement, and that students who had used supplementary readers in addition to basal readers achieved better. The status study indicated that the typical reading program was composed of self-contained classrooms of ability grouped children. Approximately 6 weeks of readiness activities were followed by work in basal and supplementary readers. Phonics and study skills were introduced in the primary and middle grades. Principals and teachers expressed the need for reading specialists, remedial teachers, consultants, and teacher training in the teaching of reading. (BS)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association conference, Boston, Mass., April 24-27, 1968.