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ERIC Number: ED434431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 64
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The Accelerated Reader Program, Reading Achievement, and Attitudes of Students with Learning Disabilities.
Scott, Louise Shewfelt
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated whether the Accelerated Reader program meets its claim to motivate and improve reading achievement for all students, including those with special needs. The Accelerated Reader program is a computer-based reading management system that includes a database of thousands of books ranging in reading levels from one to twelve. Students earn points to be redeemed for prizes or other incentives as they read books and pass a comprehension test on each book. The study involved four classes of middle school students with learning disabilities and the control group, which was made up of two classes that did not use Accelerated Reader. Students in the treatment group increased reading levels from a mean score of 2.81 to 3.50 on the Standardized Test for Assessment of Reading (STAR). These students improved attitudes by 13 percent on the Estes Reading Attitude Scale. Students in the control group decreased reading levels from 4.75 to 4.25 on the STAR test and improved attitudes by only 2.6 percent on the Estes instrument. Findings indicate that the Accelerated Reader program improved reading comprehension and attitudes toward reading of the participating students with learning disabilities. (Contains 50 references and a sample of the Estes Reading Attitude Scale.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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