ERIC Number: ED478186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-21
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Promise for the Future: An Evaluation of the Texas Master Reading Teacher Program.
Hall, Linda DeZell; O'Neill, Kevin J.; Hasbrouck, Jan E.; Parker, Richard I.
In 1999 the Texas Legislature provided for the creation of the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Certificate to address several issues. MRTs primary duties are to: serve as reading teachers; consult with and mentor other teachers; and provide research-based information and training. In September 2001 the Texas Education Agency asked Dr. Jan Hasbrouck to conduct an evaluation of MRT training that occurred during the 2000-2001 academic year. There were five evaluation questions, but this paper discusses only two questions: To what extent have changes in service delivery due to MRT training had a positive effect on student standardized reading test scores (both for students directly taught by MRT program graduates and for students indirectly influenced by MRT program graduates); and From perceptions of both administrators and MRTs, what are the MRT program's greatest strengths and weaknesses? The paper states that the evaluation consisted of four activities: (1) statewide mail survey of all MRTs currently receiving the state stipend for MRTs serving on "high-need" campuses; (2) mail survey of the administrators of MRTs drawing a state stipend; (3) telephone follow-up survey of selected MRTs and administrators; and (4) Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS, the criterion referenced tests required of Texas public school students from the third-tenth grade) data collection by selected administrators. According to the paper, evaluators gained the impression of a moderately strong beginning of the MRT program, but a beginning that fell short of its potential. With better networking and improved guidelines on program implementation, the prediction is for stronger programs. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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