ERIC Number: ED111880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skill Centers of Minneapolis 1972-73.
Clark, Sara H.
Two Basic Skill Centers were set up in 1969 to help inner city students improve their reading skills. The centers were supported mainly by the Minneapolis Public Schools although ESEA Title I funds provided teacher aides. This report covers the fifth year's operation of the project. Substantial changes made in the centers' operations are described. The goals of the program included remediation of subskill weaknesses, achievement of functional reading levels, and raising the rate of reading growth of children in Target Area schools who were one or more years below grade level in reading. Individualized instruction was provided for 604 students from grades 4-9 from 23 schools. A multimedia approach was used which included programs used in a variety of teaching machines as well as individual instruction in related classrooms. The students, who came from Title I Target Area schools, made grade equivalent gains well above what would have been expected for average children working at the reading levels of the Gates-MacGinitie and Stanford Primary Achievement tests which were the measuring instruments. About 70 percent of the students made grade equivalent gains on the Gates Comprehension test over those expected for the pre-posttest span of six months. Two thirds of the pupils made such gains on the Stanford Word Study skills tests. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Testing, Elementary Education, Individualized Instruction, Inner City, Junior High Schools, Multimedia Instruction, Program Effectiveness, Reading Improvement, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Education for the Disadvantaged.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests; Stanford Achievement Tests