ERIC Number: ED427282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) Evaluation, 1998.
Curry, Janice; Zyskowski, Gloria
A study examined the "Summer Opportunity to Accelerate Reading" (S.O.A.R.) program, which provided early intervention to accelerate literacy learning for at-risk students entering grades 1-3 in the fall of 1998. Subjects were 388 students enrolled in 3 S.O.A.R. campuses from 37 Austin Independent School District (AISD) elementary schools and 4 private schools. Ethnicity was diverse with 47% Hispanic Americans, 37% Blacks, 16% Anglo Americans and others, and 1% American Indians. Forty-five teachers from 22 AISD campuses taught in this balanced literacy program, which included reading aloud, shared reading, word study, guided reading, independent reading, and writer's workshops. Results indicated that 85% of all students showed improvement by advancing one or more reading levels, and students at grade 2 showed the greatest mean gain in both level and stage. Recommendations include continuing the program the next summer, lengthening the program to 6 weeks, enforcing a stricter enrollment policy, increasing the emphasis districtwide on balanced literacy by offering professional development for teachers, and using S.O.A.R. teachers to train other teachers in balanced reading so they can use the strategies in their classrooms. (Contains 6 figures, 3 tables of data, and 24 references; appendixes contain survey and interview instruments, textbook leveling correlations, S.O.A.R. daily schedule, and a summer school materials list.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I