ERIC Number: ED474909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Read-To-Achieve Grant Program Annual Report to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
During the 2001-2002 school year, the Read to Achieve Grant program was successfully implemented in 553 schools throughout Colorado. All funded schools were held accountable for reaching the specific reading achievement goals outlined in the statute establishing the program in order to be recommended for second year funding. The Read to Achieve Board continued to provide oversight for all activities in the program, and the Colorado Department of Education Competitive Grants and Awards Unit administered the program. The program was designed to serve students across the state of Colorado in second and third grades who were reading below grade level determined by the State Board of Education in the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA). Over the 2001-2002 school year, funded schools provided research-based intensive reading programs for over 28,000 identified students. In order to ensure that funds were being used appropriately, site visits were conducted at schools selected from a stratified random sample. In addition, an external evaluator continued to work closely with the Read to Achieve Board, specifically surrounding the evaluation and with setting clearly defined funding decision rules. By July 2002, all schools that were recommended for second year funding were approved based on having met the stated goal that 25% of the students served improved to grade level in reading or proficient on the Colorado State Assessment Program (CSAP) after a full instructional cycle of intensive reading intervention. Over 80 of the schools that were recommended for continued funding have 75% or more of their identified students reach grade level in reading or score proficient on CSAP. Over 20 of those schools have 90% or more of their students reach the goals. This report is divided into three sections: background, program implementation, and program evaluation. Contains 5 tables and 3 charts of data. Appendixes contain Rules for the Administration of the Read to Achieve Program; a list of members of the Read to Achieve Board; Networking Day 2002 Breakout Session Evaluation; information on training sessions offering assistance in completing external evaluation reports; survey questions for sites not funded; site visit questions; a Read to Achieve timeline; and membership list for Grants Advisory Council. (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, Reading Skills, State Programs
Colorado Dept. of Education, Competitive Grants Unit, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203-1799. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793. For full text: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdecomp/r2a.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado