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ERIC Number: ED136226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Project READ (Reading Efficiency and Delinquency), Annual Report 1976-1977.
American Correctional Association, College Park, MD.
Project READ (Reading Efficiency and Delinquency) during its first year involved 4,330 juveniles in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Designed to improve the reading ability of incarcerated juvenile offenders, the program was based on two important facts. A survey of correctional institutions during 1974 assessed the reading abilities of juveniles to be at grade 4.5:, more than one-third of the incarcerated juvenile population was functionally illiterate. Second, a reading-motivation program, "Hooked on Books," introduced by Dr. Dan Fader, proved effective in a number of juvenile institutions: it became the inspiration for a major portion of Project READ. Tests of 2,463 students, after 4 months in the Project READ program, showed an average increase in mental age from 11 years, 10 months to 12 years, 5 months and an increase in reading level from fourth to fifth grade. This report discusses the training of teachers for the program, the 148 schools involved, testing and data, paperback books, additional services, and project support. Appendixes include diagnostic test descriptions, a teacher's preworkshop assessment, a student data collection chart, a paperback book bibliography, and a list of participating schools and teacher representatives. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Correctional Association, College Park, MD.