ERIC Number: ED363269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
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Effects of the Computerized Accelerated Reader Program on Reading Achievement.
Peak, Janie; Dewalt, Mark W.
The objective of this study was to determine if the Accelerated Reader Program significantly improved reading skills of middle-school students. This computerized enrichment program combines over 750 classics with computers. Subjects for the study were college-prep freshmen from two junior high schools within the Gaston County (North Carolina) school system. There were no significant differences between the two groups regarding demographics or basic curriculum expectations. Total CAT (Children's Assistance Trust) reading scores were utilized for this study, and scores were taken from the third, sixth, and eighth-grade cumulative records and compared. Additional information was obtained from the schools' 10-year reports and surveys that were handed out to students. Results indicate that the use of the computerized reading system had some direct bearing on the mean gain of CAT reading scores over a 5-year period. Results illustrate that Cherryville Junior-Senior High School started with a lower mean total CAT score (726) than Grier students (736) but had a higher mean total reading score by the eight grade after having used the program for several consecutive years. Statistical tables showing reading gains of 50 students studied are appended. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/22062
IES Cited: ED511267