ERIC Number: ED328881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Language Development Component Secondary Reading Program, 1989-90. Final Evaluation Report.
Lore, Rosemary; Chamberlain, Ed
Designed to improve underachieving high school students' reading and communication skills, the Secondary Reading Program, formerly the Secondary Developmental Reading Program; served 597 ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders in 12 Columbus, Ohio, public schools. Funding was made available through the Ohio Disadvantaged Pupil Program Fund (DPPF). For the 1989-90 school year, eight teachers in eight senior high schools participated in a project which utilized Apple computers in a computer assisted instruction/computer management system. Diagnostic tests assessed students' individual reading strengths and weaknesses. Data analyzed included pretest and posttest scores, and inservice evaluation forms. Specific objectives of the program posited that (1) pupils who attended 80% of the 125-day treatment period would show an average gain in reading of 3.0 normal curve equivalent points; (2) program personnel would be provided at least 2 inservice sessions and that at least 80% of the personnel attending each session would rate the session as valuable; and (3) at least 35% of pupils identified as being in danger of failing 1 course due to a lack of reading ability and who attended at least 80% of the yearly instructional period would not fail the indicated course. The first objective was not attained, while the second and third objectives were attained. It is concluded that, although the program was eliminated from the components to be implemented with DPPF monies in the 1990-91 school year, the school system should continue its efforts to reach high school students who are deficient in reading skills. (Ten tables of data are included, and evaluation forms are appended.) (RS)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Compensatory Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, High School Students, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Difficulties, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Reading Skills, Remedial Programs, Underachievement
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH.