ERIC Number: ED468102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Reading First Program. Final Report.
Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
As part of the final year evaluation of the Reading First Program, the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) continued to follow the achievement of the original group of Reading First schools during the 2000-2001 school year. The final evaluation focuses primarily on the Reading First program's effect on students' reading achievement. Information comparing the Reading First program to other reading initiatives is also provided. The achievement data confirm that the program has its greatest effect on first grade students and low achievers. The data also showed that Reading First and non Reading First teachers shared similar philosophies toward teaching reading and employed similar instructional practices in the classroom. In terms of achievement, scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), Stanford Achievement Test Level 9 (SAT-9), and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Scores (CRCT) all improved. Recommendations center on: funding; student assessment; better continuity across the curriculum; staff development; and parent involvement. The following items are appended: (1) Program Guidelines; (2) Survey Instruments and Discussion Group Protocols; (3) ITBS Scores, 1998-2001; (4) CRCT Scores for Reading First Schools; and (5) SAT-9 Scores for the Reading First and Non-Reading First Comparison Sample. (Contains 7 tables and 13 charts.) (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests