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ERIC Number: ED047892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-7
Pages: 24
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Reading Skill Centers: A Comprehensive Attack on Reading Problems Commonly Encountered in Urban Schools.
Davidoff, Stephen H.; And Others
Seven reading skill centers were established to focus on areas of need experienced by Philadelphia school children. Programs were individually prescribed, and children were assigned to materials and to center time depending on their individual needs. Coordination with classroom activities was provided as much as possible. Skill centers were set up in schools whose students had done poorly on a 1968 administration of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). Their progress was compared to that of control groups of similar ITBS performance. Analysis of variance results indicated that the experimental group achieved significantly better in reading comprehension and in total progress than did the control group. It was concluded (1) that reading performance, word attack skills, and comprehension skills were improved by the program and (2) that the combination of diagnosis and individual prescription with provision for sufficient and individualized instruction appeared to be a fruitful approach toward reversing underachievement in urban schools. Tables and references are included. Appendixes provide an estimated budget and behavioral objectives for reading skills in preprimer through book-six levels. (MS)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., Feb. 4-7, 1971