ERIC Number: ED449472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Idaho Statewide Implementation of Reading Renaissance[R]: Summary of First Year's Results. Monograph.
School Renaissance Inst., Inc., Madison, WI.
In 1998, as part of a major 3-year Reading Initiative, the Albertson Foundation provided $24.5 million to improve the reading performance of all Idaho elementary, middle, and junior high students. The reading components of School Renaissance (SR), a comprehensive school improvement program, include Accelerated Reader (AR) learning information system for reading and literacy skills, STAR Reading computer-adaptive norm-referenced reading test, and Reading Renaissance (RR) Professional Development seminars. The SR school improvement model incorporates the use of computerized learning information systems along with the implementation of proven classroom motivational strategies and techniques. A study evaluated the results of the first school year of Idaho's statewide adoption of AR and STAR reading software, and RR programs. Data were collected from 12,984 students enrolled in grades 1-9 at 50 schools across Idaho. With less than a full year, and in most cases less than one-half year, of AR and RR implementation, an encouraging amount of growth in reading skills has already been measured. Through the use of AR and implementation of RR techniques, the students have achieved nearly 2 NCEs of growth in reading skills on an annualized basis. More growth was evidenced in grades 1, 2, and 3--the key primary grades where the formation of good lifelong reading habits is most important. Schools without RR implementation exhibited less growth. (Contains 7 tables of data and 19 works cited. Appendixes contain a data chart, the certification program, and a longitudinal case study.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Junior High Schools, Program Implementation, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Reading Skills, State Programs
School Renaissance Institute, P.O. Box 45016, Madison, WI 53744-5016. Tel: 800-200-4848 (Toll Free); Fax: 608-664-3882; Web site: http://www.SchoolRenaissance.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: School Renaissance Inst., Inc., Madison, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho