ERIC Number: ED472492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
K-3 District Reading Plan Evaluation: Year 2 Report.
Oliver, Deborah; Maddahian, Ebrahim
An evaluation was conducted of the second year of the K-3 District Reading Plan (2001-2002) in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), California. In September 1999, the district created the reading plan requiring the use of specific programs for low-achieving elementary schools. The evaluation also focused on alphabetics, reading fluency, and comprehension, all of which are important components of both the Open Court and Success for All reading plans selected by the school district. Data for the 2001-2002 evaluation came from principal (n=36), coach/facilitator (n=58), and teacher questionnaires (n=78), classroom observations, and student scores on the Stanford 9 achievement test. The evaluation focused on a sample of 46 elementary schools, but school district achievement data were also considered. Overall, school-level implementation of these programs improved from year 1 to year 2. Principals, facilitators, and teachers continued to express the need for more professional development. Teachers indicated that principals did not engage frequently in activities supporting the program, but that these activities had increased. Principals and coaches believed Open Court was most useful with standard English learners; teachers thought it was most useful for those reading above grade level. All educators thought Success for All was most useful for those reading above grade level. Overall achievement findings support the use of Open Court above Success for All, but the differential gains were minimal. An appendix contains a chart of effect sizes for programs. (Contains 34 tables and 5 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Program Evaluation and Research Branch.