ERIC Number: ED450141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) Evaluation, 2000.
Curry, Janice; Zyskowski, Gloria
The Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) program is the elementary summer school program to improve reading and literacy in the Austin Independent School District, Texas. In June 2000, the 21-day program served 2,406 students in grades 1 through 3 who were below grade level in reading or at risk of retention. The budget allocation of over $2 million was funded from Title I, a state grant, and local dropout prevention funds. Program effectiveness was measured by scores on the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The average gain for all students was 2.1 reading levels as determined by the DRA, a gain equivalent to about one-fourth to one-half of an academic year. During the 4-week program, 92% of students showed reading improvement by advancing one or more levels on the DRA, and the average improvement for students who attended at least 19 days was 2.2 reading levels. The program has shown consistent gains from 1998 to 2000 even as enrollment has increased six fold. Thirty-six percent of students who began S.O.A.R. below grade level ended the program at or above grade level. Recommendations centering on student selection and professional development for teachers are made for program continuation and improvement. Five appendixes contain attendance data, reading level information, responses to the teacher survey, an S.O.A.R. daily schedule, and the year 2000 S.O.A.R. timeline. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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