ERIC Number: ED401520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Sun Valley Elementary School Reading and Writing Assessment Project: Final Report.
Zakaluk, Beverley L.
A study investigated the effectiveness of integrating computer technology (multimedia learning resources in a "virtual" classroom) with content area and reading and writing curriculum. All students in grades 2 through 5 at Sun Valley Elementary School, Canada, had their reading and writing assessed. In addition, the writing performance of students in 2 outside-the-division schools, one rural and one suburban, was compared with the writing performance of Sun Valley students; and the reading and writing performance of students in the French immersion and regular programs at Sun Valley were compared. Teachers, resource teachers, and the school administrator were interviewed. Results indicated that (1) students in all grade levels (including students in the French immersion program) significantly improved their reading achievement in both vocabulary and comprehension; (2) students in all grade levels (including students in the French immersion program) made significant gains in their writing achievement; (3) Sun Valley students' performance ratings were significantly higher than performance ratings of students in the two comparison schools; (4) teachers appreciated receiving the standardized test results, and were highly pleased when results indicated significant student gains; and (5) classroom teachers reached a consensus that previously taught informative text structures require continued reinforcement. (Contains 20 references and numerous unnumbered tables, charts, and figures of data. Appendixes present reading scores; writing scores; guidelines for General Impression Scoring; analytic trait scoring guides; and exemplary papers. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests