ERIC Number: ED260155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Chapter I Developer/Demonstration Program: Learning to Read through the Arts, 1983-84. Evaluation Section Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Learning to Read Through the Arts offers intensive reading instruction to Chapter I eligible students through the integration of a total reading program with a total arts program. In 1983-84, the program was offered to a total of 625 general education students, 140 bilingual students, and 100 special education students (all in grades 2-6). Reading performance of general education students was measured by the reading subtests of the California Achievement Test. The overall mean gain for the fall-to-spring comparison was 13.1 normal curve equivalents (N.C.E.s); the spring-to-spring gain was 6.7 N.C.E.s. Statistically significant gains were found for each grade level except for grade three on the spring-to-spring comparison. Reading performance of the bilingual and special education students was measured by a criterion-referenced test, the Wisconsin Design Skill Development Test. Eighty-one percent of bilingual students and 87 percent of special education students met or exceeded their mastery criterion. Students' writing performance was assessed by a holistically scored writing sample. All groups demonstrated some improvement in writing performance from pretest to posttest. A pretest-posttest improvement in attitudes toward reading was found among general education students. The following recommendations were made for program improvements: (1) there is a need for staff development sessions to address the lower performance of third-grade general education students; and (2) greater emphasis should be placed upon instruction in language expression skills at all grade levels. (RDN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)