ERIC Number: ED108105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Success and Failure in Reading Performance among Massachusetts City Schools: A Study for the Massachusetts Advisory Council on Education.
Willard, Richard W.
The purpose of this study was to document the workings of successful inner-city schools in teaching children to read. The study schools were identified by gathering poverty data on the proportion of the attending students who received free lunch or free milk and the proportion of children in the attendance areas who were from low income families. Each measure of poverty was used to rank elementary schools in ten Massachusetts cities, and the average of the two rank values was used as the final ranking from high to low poverty. Average test scores in reading were added to the ranked list of schools in order to identify those poverty schools whose students read at or above grade level. Successful schools were also identified and matched with another school on the two poverty measures. The project staff drew upon eight factors identified by George Weber to provide labels for the following factors: leadership, coordination, additional reading personnel, atmosphere, individualization, evaluation, high expectations, strong emphasis on reading, use of phonics, staff training and experience, and quality of teaching. The analysis of data failed to uncover consistent differences between the ratings of the two groups of schools. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts Advisory Council on Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Corp., Watertown,MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts