ERIC Number: ED473950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary School Literacy Project: A Summary of Student Outcomes on the Degrees of Reading Power Test, Academic Year 1999-2000.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
The Secondary School Literacy Project (SSLiP) is a partnership between the Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools (BayCES) and the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd (SLI). SSLiP is a professional development and capacity building program for teams of teachers in the BayCES network of schools. During the 1999-2000 school year, seven school teams participated in the SSLiP network. Teams contained teachers from various subject areas. Each participating teacher was asked to choose one of his/her subject area classes to test and survey for the purpose of summative evaluation and learning for the entire network. To measure the impact of this work over the year on students' reading comprehension, the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) Test was administered to students (one class for each teacher) in fall and spring of the 1999-2000 school year. The DRP is a Cloze test that assesses students' ability to use information in passages of nonfiction text on a variety of topics to figure out the test's meaning. For this group of diverse, urban secondary students, the mean independent reading level in the fall was 51, a score corresponding to texts like "Old Yeller." By the spring, the mean independent reading level had increased to 56, corresponding in difficulty to a text like "Black Boy" or "Cry the Beloved Country." Compared to a national norming population of age-matched peers, these students increased their national percentile ranking from 46% to 53% by spring. A paired samples test showed these increases in national percentile and normal curve rankings to be statistically significant. Includes data graphs. (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Literacy, Partnerships in Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Secondary Education, Summative Evaluation, Testing
WestEd, 730 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94107-1242. Tel: 877-493-7833 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.WestEd.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Degrees of Reading Power Test
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/40927
IES Cited: ED510853