ERIC Number: ED437407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
"Invitations to Literacy": Results of the First-Year Implementation Survey.
Farrell, Donna; Reed, Dan
The implementation of the Houghton-Mifflin K-5 "Invitations to Literacy" language arts program was studied during its first year in California's Moreno Valley Unified School District. A sample teacher survey was developed, pilot tested, and sent to the District. The sample consisted of 658 regular, 20 special day, 19 resource specialist, and 118 limited English proficiency classroom teachers in 19 elementary schools. Out of a total of 815 teachers, 411 surveys from 15 schools were returned. Teachers reported using the program between 25 and 90% of the time and spending between 30 minutes and 3 hours each week planning instruction. They rated the program "fair" in regard to its ease of implementation, use, and overall effectiveness in helping students meet standards. Teachers were most dissatisfied with the assessment component, especially its alignment with the instructional component. Only half of the teachers involved responded to the survey, but their survey results pointed to implementation issues that should be considered in future program adoption. (Contains seven appendixes including survey and supplemental information about the program's implementation.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (Monterey, CA, November 17-19, 1999).