ERIC Number: ED414560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) Validation Study.
Reid, Ethna R.
The goal of the Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) is to improve elementary and secondary students' ability to use their language--to read fluently and with expression, to understand what they read and hear, and to use this understanding so they can communicate effectively. ECRI is a pre- and in-service program for teachers to learn to teach word recognition skills, vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, spelling, penmanship, proofing, creative and expository writing, and literature. ECRI's teaching methods focus on individualized instruction techniques and positive reinforcement. Teachers teach reading and other language skills using dialogues or directives that have been written so that their teaching is efficient and utilizes strategies that are multisensory and sequential. Criterion-referenced tests of mastery are written for the reading and/or content materials and are administered as students complete various activities. Per-student costs are approximately $10.72 for start-up, with negligible costs thereafter. Evaluation of the impact of ECRI was conducted at 11 sites in 1990 and at 6 sites in 1996 as part of school district testing programs using standardized achievement tests. Results indicated "exemplary" gains for almost every regular education, special needs, and special education group. The combination of a comparison group design with norm-referenced measures and the consistency and size of the gains across more than 200 separate groups and over 4000 students make the data unequivocally supportive of the effectiveness of the program. (Contains 13 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reid Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT. Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/65687