ERIC Number: ED468101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Reading Challenge Program. Year One Report, 1998-1999 School Year.
Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Georgia's Reading Challenge program is intended to provide a quality after-school program for students in grades four through eight with opportunities to improve student reading skills and to enhance student interest in reading. The goals of Georgia's Reading Challenge program for 1998-1999 were to increase levels of reading achievement; improve school attendance; improve academic performance; increase participation by students in supervised academic, educational, community service, or other special-focused activities; and provide students meaningful, enjoyable after-school activities. The purpose of this evaluation is to describe the first year of implementation for Reading Challenge and provide preliminary information that can be used for decision making regarding the program. Three questions guided the evaluation: how Reading Challenge is being implemented; what impact Reading Challenge has on student reading achievement and academic performance; and to what extent the type of program impacts the level of implementation and student participation. In terms of implementation, the data show that, for the most part, the program is being implemented as planned. In terms of academic achievement, the preliminary results are mixed. It is too early to determine the overall effects of the program. Two appendixes contain: Methodology; Protocol for Pre-Observation Teacher Interview; Guide for Classroom Observations; Observation Checklist; Protocol for Group Discussion/Interview; Readiness Challenge Survey; and Reading Challenge Program Guidelines. (Contains 16 charts and 1 table.) (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia