ERIC Number: ED254825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Success in Reading and Writing, School Year 1982-83. Final Evaluation Report.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
The Success in Reading and Writing Program (Success) developed by Anne Adams incorporates ideas from many approaches to reading instruction. It uses newspapers, magazines, library books, content area textbooks, catalogs, and other reading materials; it requires an instructional period that is divided into four or five units of one-half hour each; and it involves both whole class and individualized instruction. The Washington, D. C., Public Schools system has been using the program since 1978-79 in both elementary and junior high school classrooms. The program was evaluated to determine its effectiveness in improving reading performance, reading attitudes, and writing performance; as well as to discover teacher and administrator attitudes toward the program and whether it had an impact on student promotion. The evaluation revealed that (1) the third grade Success program group had significantly higher reading achievement than a comparison group; (2) third and fourth grade students in the program acquired a more positive attitude toward reading during the period from the pretest to the posttest; (3) second grade students in the program wrote significantly better than students in a comparison group; (4) prekindergarten, kindergarten, and elementary school teachers were satisfied with the program; (5) junior high school teachers were somewhat satisfied, but also had several concerns; (6) principals were satisfied with the program; and (7) the program had a positive impact on student promotion. (Materials used in the evaluation are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.