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ERIC Number: ED459423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 36
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The America Reads Project: A Study of a School-University Tutoring Program.
Curtis, Deborah A.; Hurtado, Rosemary
The America Reads Project is a program that trains San Francisco State University (SFSU) undergraduates to serve as tutors in local elementary schools. This paper focuses on the findings from the 3rd year of the project (1999-2000). For the 3rd year, 55 undergraduates were trained in a 3-unit course. Eleven elementary schools participated in 1999-2000. Roughly 165 children received tutoring. The undergraduate tutors, teachers, and principals were asked to evaluate various aspects of the program. Overall, their opinions were quite favorable. No statistically significant differences were found on any items on this attitudinal measure. Reading performance was assessed using several measures. For all passages, a statistically significant increase was found in the percentage of children who were at "instructional level" from the beginning to the end of school year. Second, word recognition was measured using the San Diego Word Recognition Test. For the first through seventh grade, a statistically significant increase was found in the percentage of children identified as being at instructional level from the beginning to the end of the school year. Finally, performance on the Stanford Achievement Test (STAR-9) was analyzed in terms of Total Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Vocabulary, and Spelling. No statistically significant differences were found from the end of 2nd grade to end of 3rd grade on any of these measures. In summary, the key stakeholders were generally quite positive towards the project, and most undergraduates indicated that America Reads was a valuable service learning experience. In terms of the tutees' reading performance, statistically significant increases were found on the Flynt-Cooter Reading Inventory and the San Diego Word Recognition Test. No significant differences were found on any of the STAR-9 subscales. (Contains 6 notes and 12 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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