ERIC Number: ED319050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Writing To Read 1988-89. Evaluation Section Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
The Writing to Read Program (WTR) objectives for 1988-89 included: to extend and support the implementation of the WTR program in New York City elementary schools; to promote the reading and writing achievement of kindergarten, first-, and second-grade students; and to introduce students in early childhood to computer technology. In 1988-89 the program served 87 schools in 22 community school districts. The methods used to evaluate the program included on-site interviews, lab and classroom observations, questionnaires distributed to all program participants and a selected group of parents, pre- and post-program writing samples, and reading achievement scores for the Metropolitan Achievement Test for both selected program participants and matching control groups. Overall reaction to the program was positive. Most participants believed that the program provided a good foundation in basic skills, helped to develop confident and mature writers, and that the computers and center setting were significant motivational devices. Some of the additional major findings included: (1) WTR program has little immediate impact, and no long-term impact on improving reading performance of participating students when compared with other reading programs; (2) students in the program made significant progress in their writing; (3) WTR students improved their writing skills to a greater degree than did similar students who did not participate in the program; and (4) monolingual students at the kindergarten level showed a statistically significant improvement in writing over bilingual kindergartners. (Eleven tables of data are included. One appendix includes the Writing Sample Scoring Scale.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Metropolitan Achievement Tests