ERIC Number: ED464347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
Descriptive Study of AmeriCorps Literacy Programs: State and National. Final Report.
Moss, Marc; Hiller, Jordan; Moore, Douglas
AmeriCorps is composed of three programs, State and National; National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC); and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). The focus of this report is on the AmeriCorps State/National program. Education-related activities have been a priority for AmeriCorps' parent organization, the National Corporation for Public Service, since its inception. To inform staff, programs, Congress, and other stakeholders about its literacy activities, the Corporation contracted with Abt Associates to conduct an independent descriptive study. Abt Associates surveyed 517 directors of AmeriCorps programs engaged in literacy services--of these, 481 responded for a response rate of 93%. Findings include: slightly more than half of all programs are involved in education (54%); 42% of programs provide literacy services (n=406); 37% of programs provide direct tutoring in reading (n=360); 5% of program provide literacy-related activities such as reading aloud to children (n=46); most AmeriCorps State/National educational programs provide literacy services (84%); and of those programs conducting literacy services, most conduct tutoring activities in reading (89%). The report is divided into these chapters: (1) Background; (2) Description of the AmeriCorps Educational State/National Literacy Programs; (3) Structure of Literacy Programs; and (4) Tutoring Activities and Effective Practices. Contains numerous exhibits of data. Appended are a description of the survey design and implementation; and selected analyses for the complete respondent sample. (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills, Tutoring
For full text: http://www.americorps.org/research.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bosma and Associates International, Seattle, WA.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.