ERIC Number: ED435641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) Evaluation, 1999. Publication Number 98.10.
Zyskowski, Gloria; Curry, Janice
The Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) program is the Title I elementary summer school of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas. The S.O.A.R. program provides early intervention to accelerate literacy learning for students entering grades 1-3 who are at risk of retention or are below grade level. In its second year of operation, 1999, the program was offered at six sites. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected at each of the sites, including the results of a developmental reading assessment. The S.O.A.R. program served 1,249 students, representing 52 AISD schools (31 Title I and 21 non-Title I) and 2 private schools. The students were of diverse ethnicity. During the program, 89% of students with valid pretest and posttest scores advanced one or more reading levels, with the greatest mean gains at grade 2. Attending for at least 17 days appeared to have a positive effect on student gains. Teachers expressed strong support for the program's balanced literacy approach and indicated their willingness to use the strategies learned from the program when they returned to their regular classrooms. Recommendations are offered for continuing the S.O.A.R. program. Five appendixes contain the survey instruments and supplemental materials about the program. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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