ERIC Number: ED358439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-8
Reference Count: N/A
Language Development Component Chapter 1 Reading Program 1991-92. Elementary and Secondary Education Act--Chapter 1. Final Evaluation Report.
Lore, Rosemary; Chamberlain, Edward
A study investigated the effectiveness of the Chapter 1 Reading Program, which provided assistance to 5,527 selected underachieving pupils in grades one through eight in the Columbus, Ohio public schools. The program featured small group instruction arranged according to pupil needs for the improvement of language and reading skills. Data included results of norm-referenced tests administered in a spring-to-spring cycle. Results indicated that: (1) of the 2,100 grade 2-8 pupils in an evaluation sample, 59.4% gained 3.0 or more NCE points on the reading comprehension score; (2) total reading scores for a sample of 2,082 pupils in grades 2-8 increased an average of 5.6 NCE points; (3) of 27 first-grade pupils in a treatment group, 15 pupils (55.6%) successfully completed reading level 8, appropriate for promotion to grade 2; (4) of 2,243 pupils, 93.8% were promoted to the next grade or passed their target reading courses; and (5) parents of 94.9% of 2,308 pupils participated in involvement activities. Findings suggest the program should be continued; reasons for the small sample size should be determined and ameliorated if possible; the strong support system should continue; planning should take place at the building level; and use of the term "discontinued" should be clarified. (Ten tables of data are included; two tables of data and evaluation instruments are attached.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Early Intervention, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Instructional Effectiveness, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Reading Skills, Remedial Reading, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH. Dept. of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1