ERIC Number: ED344189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Data Concerning the Reading Recovery, Turning Point, and Hispanic Reading Programs.
San Diego Unified School District, CA. Planning, Research and Evaluation Div.
A study reviewed the data on three innovative San Diego, California Unified School District programs: the Reading Recovery program, Turning Point project, and the Hispanic Reading project. The Reading Recovery Program is an intensive, individualized program focused on improving first-grade student reading skills, serving approximately 80 students at 4 schools. The Turning Point program is a teacher training program focused on teacher expectations and learning styles for approximately 133 teachers, grades K-6, in 27 schools. The Hispanic Reading program, also primarily a teacher-training program, focuses on improving language arts programs consistent with California's "Language Arts Framework" for students in grades two through six. It employs innovative approaches, such as student writing portfolios and Socratic seminars, and serves approximately 63 teachers in 11 schools. Results indicated that: (1) Reading Recovery was the most expensive program, while Hispanic Reading and Turning Point were about equal in cost per pupil; and (2) program benefits were more difficult to quantify, but teachers in all three programs were enthusiastic and reported positive effects for their students. The analysis did not produce a ranking of the programs or a comparative cost/benefit analysis. Findings suggest that these programs are innovative efforts in the areas of direct support services, improved teaching practice that emphasizes increased expectations and concern for student welfare, and curriculum reform. (Four tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Unified School District, CA. Planning, Research and Evaluation Div.