ERIC Number: ED435988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-3
Reference Count: N/A
A Summary Report of the Instructional Effectiveness of "Collections, a Harcourt Reading/Language Arts Program."
Conner, Jennifer M.; Greene, Beth G.; Lloyd, Paul
A pilot study evaluated the instructional effectiveness of "Collections, a Harcourt Reading/Language Arts" program. A total of 40 primary-grade teachers in 4 different school districts in Texas volunteered to participate. Teachers selected two themes to pilot during a 9- to 12-week period and received training in implementing the program. Teachers administered data collection instruments--skills tests accompanying the program, the Reading Subtest of the Stanford Achievement Test, and the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) Practice Test. Results indicated: (1) consistent and significant test score increases at every grade level from Kindergarten through grade 3; (2) significant increases for every test and every subtest at every grade level; (3) significant gains on the TAAS Practice Test; and (4) increases were greater for grade 1 than for grades 2 and 3. Findings suggest that the program is effective and that getting such a program established in the earliest grades provides the greatest possibility of success. Contains 11 tables of data. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Inst. of America, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Texas