ERIC Number: ED208346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Language Arts Remediation: The Intensive Reading Instructional Team. Report 81-10.
Nearine, Robert J.
Initiated in the fall of 1965 in an effort to raise the reading and language levels of skill-deficient students in grades two through six, the Hartford, Connecticut, Intensive Reading Instructional Team (IRIT) program has proven its effectiveness, and has been expanded through Title I funding. Each year, three groups of 45 students are selected to participate in the program and are assigned to one of seven teams. The students are further divided into groups of 15 and are rotated through each of three instructional areas: reading, vocabulary comprehension development, and decoding. The children receive IRIT instruction in the morning and return to their regular classrooms in the afternoon. An extensive evaluation of the expanded program showed significant reading gains for all teams involved in the program, except one. At least 75% of the children reported reading more than eight books during their participation in the program, and at least 75% could write sentences at or above their independent level at the end of the program. Student, parent, and referring teacher ratings generally indicated that the children enjoyed their IRIT experiences and that their attitudes toward reading as well as their skill levels had improved. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hartford Public Schools, CT.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I