ERIC Number: ED447436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of SuccessMaker, a computer-based reading program that uses literature-based activities to focus on comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, and writing. Intended for use with students in prekindergarten through grade 8, the curriculum challenges students to apply knowledge from literature, content-area reading and interdisciplinary thematic units. SuccessMaker consists of computer-based courses that are designed to complement a classroom reading program with individualized instruction, strategy lessons, and resources and tools for enhancing reading comprehension skills. The main features of SuccessMaker include: standards-based content and instructional design; individualized instruction; continuous progress assessment; authentic literature; resources and tools; flexibility (teachers can customize instruction, and students can work as individuals or partners, focusing on reading skills, writing skills, or higher-order reading and thinking skills); bilingual options (for students learning to read and write in Spanish); parent and community involvement; and customized programs for special populations. SuccessMaker reading programs are currently (1999) being used in more than 16,000 schools nationwide, approximately two-thirds of them elementary schools. Sections of the paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Preschool Education, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.