ERIC Number: ED320744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-28
Implementation of the Writing To Read Instructional System in 13 Rural Elementary Schools in Southern West Virginia. 1988-89 Annual Report.
Childers, Robert D.
This report evaluates the Writing to Read (WTR) program instituted in 1988 in 13 West Virginia elementary schools as the result of a partnership between the IBM Corporation and the federal Appalachian Regional Commission. The WTR labs, also installed in 42 Kentucky and Virginia schools, use a computer-based instructional system to develop the writing and reading skills of kindergarten and first-grade students. Under the program, students and teacher spend 1 hour each day in the lab, organized around five learning stations where students are taught how to write anything they can say and to read anything they can write. The West Virginia labs were placed in rural areas that were economically distressed and that had declining populations. More than 50 administrators, teachers, and aides from 5 school districts attended a 3-day training session. They also were given access to training materials and inservice activities throughout the school year. WTR students' writing and spelling test results were compared with those of students who did not participate. In all sites, the WTR students did significantly better than their counterparts. T-tests were used to verify the results. Similarly, a survey of teachers rates the program as positive. The report concludes that successful implementation of the WTR system requires ongoing inservice training and that the WTR labs had a positive impact on students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The report recommends that the program be improved, monitored, and expanded to include other West Virginia schools. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Harrisburg, PA.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/64088
IES Cited: ED499236