ERIC Number: ED459447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Opportunity To Accelerate Reading (S.O.A.R.) Evaluation, 2001.
A study examined a program entitled "Summer Opportunity to Accelerate Reading" (S.O.A.R.), which provided early intervention to accelerate literacy learning for at-risk students completing kindergarten through grade 2 in 2000-01. Subjects were 2188 students enrolled in 12 S.O.A.R. campuses. Ethnicity was diverse with 58% Hispanic Americans, 20% African American, 20% Anglo Americans and others, and 2% Asian. A total of 159 teachers taught in this balanced literacy program, which included reading aloud, shared reading, word study, guided reading, independent reading, and writer's workshops. Results indicated that: (1) 87% of all students showed improvement by advancing one or more reading levels; (2) 37.8% gained one text reading level, 29.3% gained two levels, 12% gained three levels, and 8% gained four of more text reading levels; (3) 525 students began the program below grade level in reading and ended the program at or above grade level; (4) parents were very supportive of the program; and (5) there was overall agreement by S.O.A.R. teachers, principals, and program managers that the students benefited from the intense summer program schedule and the high quality curriculum. Recommendations include monitor the program in 2002 for achievement gains in reading, and improve policies and procedures to maximize teaching and learning. (Contains 9 figures, 7 tables of data, and 11 references; appendixes contain the number of students who attended S.O.A.R. 2001, by school and by area; reading levels; teacher, mentor teacher, and principal comments; S.O.A.R. teacher survey; and mean responses to parent survey by language, 2001.) (RS)
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Emergent Literacy, High Risk Students, Learning Activities, Primary Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Summer Programs, Teaching Methods
Austin Independent School District, Office of Program Evaluation, 1111 W. 6th St, Austin, TX 78703. Tel: 512-414-1700. For full text: http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/about/accountability/ope/000 1reports/SOAR2001PDF.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
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