ERIC Number: ED464348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
AmeriCorps Tutoring Outcomes Study.
Moss, Marc; Swartz, Janet; Obeidallah, Dawn; Stewart, Gerrie; Greene, Diane
Supported by the Corporation for National Service, AmeriCorps' members serve with local and national organizations to meet community needs while earning education awards to help finance college or training. This report is the final product of the "AmeriCorps Tutoring Outcomes Study" of the AmeriCorps State/National Literacy Programs. The report presents the study's findings about the effects of AmeriCorps tutoring programs on children's reading achievement. The study collected information about: reading performance; classroom behavior; tutor experiences; and program characteristics. A pretest took place in fall 1999/winter 2000; the posttest occurred in spring 2000. Field staff collected information from 869 first, second, and third grade students who received tutoring from a representative sample of 68 AmeriCorps programs operating in schools and after-school programs. On standardized reading tests, students tutored by AmeriCorps members improved their reading performance from pretest to posttest more than the gain expected for the typical child at their grade level. Gains were statistically significant and large enough to indicate meaningful improvements in reading performance. Four effective practices were related to student gains: tutors met with students at least three times weekly; programs conducted formal evaluations; tutors were trained both prior to and during the tutoring program; and programs were moderately or fully implemented. (Includes 18 notes and extensive exhibits. Appendixes contain: Sample Selection and Weighting Procedures; Study Measures; and Analytic Procedures and Results of Effective Practices and Student Gains.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Literacy, Pretests Posttests, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Tutoring
For full text: http://www.americorps.org/research/pdf/tutoring_0201.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.