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ERIC Number: ED455510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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A Comparison of Reading Achievement in Second Grade Students Using the Accelerated Reading Program and Independent Reading.
Toro, Adrienne
Accelerated Reader is a computer program designed by Advantage Learning Systems to assess students' reading comprehension levels and keep detailed and accurate reports of such findings. This research studied the Accelerated Reader program with a second grade class over a 6-week time frame. One class of 20 students read books picked from the program list then took computer-generated quizzes on the reading. The quizzes consisted of 5 to 20 multiple choice comprehension questions ranging in difficulty. The Accelerated Reader program kept records of each student's reading level as assessed by the quizzes. Another second grade class with 16 students independently read at least 30 minutes a night over the same time frame. This class of students, however, did not take any quizzes on their reading. After the 6-week time frame was up, each student in the study completed a standardized reading comprehension test. These tests were compared to see if any significant difference in the reading comprehension levels of these two groups existed. Findings suggest that the Accelerated Reader program had no significant effect on the reading comprehension levels of second grade students. Therefore the researcher retains the hypothesis that there is no significant difference in the reading comprehension level of those who have experienced independent reading and those who have experienced Accelerated Reading. (Contains 20 references and a table of data. Appendixes contain the research proposal and the consent form.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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