ERIC Number: ED335655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Chapter 1 Developer/Demonstration Program Learning To Read through the Arts 1989-90. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Strategic Planning/Research and Development.
A study described the 1989-90 Chapter 1 Developer/Demonstration Program, Learning to Read through the Arts (LTRTA), and evaluated the effectiveness of its implementation. The program offers intensive reading and reading-oriented arts instruction to Chapter 1-eligible students. Of the 797 students served by the program, 98 were ungraded special education students and 699 were in grades 2 through 6. Of this latter group, 37 were limited English proficient (LEP) students, 561 were general education students, 68 were Wednesday general education students, and 33 students were in temporary housing at 5 sites in New York City (in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens). Reading teachers provided an individualized, diagnostic, prescriptive approach to reading. Artist teachers stressed listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the arts-oriented workshops. Data consisted of interviews with program staff, observations of program sites and classes, analyses of standardized and criterion-referenced tests, and holistically scored writing tests. Results indicated that: (1) the program was implemented as proposed and that the activities were conducted in a professionally competent manner; (2) general education students in all grades except grade 3 made statistically significant mean gains from pretest to posttest on standardized reading tests; (3) 76% of the special education students mastered three or more additional reading skills on the posttest, and 84% of the LEP students mastered five or more additional reading skills; and (4) all students made statistically significant mean gains on the holistically scored writing tests. (Ten tables and nine figures of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Strategic Planning/Research and Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1