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ERIC Number: ED067680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Pages: 7
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An Interim Report on the Youngstown i.t.a. Study Third Year Results (Grade 2).
Ho, Wai Ching; And Others
Third year results (Grade 2) are reported for the Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.) study, selected as an experimental reading medium because its symbol-sound consistency makes learning to read a simpler task. Instruction was begun at the kindergarten level. The study investigated whether the i.t.a. program helps improve the reading skills of the inner city black students, and whether the inner city black students can learn to read in kindergarten using the i.t.a. program. At the end of grade 2, the i.t.a. students were found to have achieved significantly higher scores on all the reading subtests of the Stanford Achievement Test than students in Traditional Orthography classes. The study suggests that a combination of introducing reading in kindergarten and the use of i.t.a. in the beginning instruction is one possible answer to reversing the trend of inner city students' falling far behind grade level in reading skills. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research Council of America, Cleveland, OH. Evaluation and Testing Dept.