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ERIC Number: ED065831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 34
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Evaluation of Right to Read Program 1971-1972.
Bernstein, Margery R.
A Right to Read Program was given major emphasis for the 1971-72 school year by the Union Free School District (New York). Every teacher devoted an additional 110 minutes weekly to the program which involved about 400 of the nearly 2500 pupils in grades 2 through 8. The objectives fell into two categories: to improve basic reading skills and to increase the students' reading interests. Evaluation of the program, based on pre and posttest scores on the Metropolitan Achievement Test and on a locally developed interest inventory, showed Right to Read pupils had improved in reading ability at approximately the same rate as the other students. However, since students with initially low scores usually progress at a slower rate than those with higher scores, the almost equal rate of progression of the two groups is a measure of success for the program. The interest inventory results indicate the program did not change pupils' attitude toward reading and several hypotheses are given as possible explanations. Additional evaluative data was provided by interviews with parents, children and teachers: 92 percent of the parents and 80 percent of the children viewed the program favorably. Half the teachers were neutral or ambivalent and the rest evenly divided pro and con. Quotations and quantitative data are included. (TO)
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Authoring Institution: Mamaroneck Public Schools, NY.