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ERIC Number: ED500628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 58
A Description of Foundation Skills Interventions for Struggling Middle-Grade Readers in Four Urban Northeast and Islands Region School Districts. Issues & Answers. REL 2008-No. 042
Zorfass, Judith; Urbano, Carole
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands
This study, conducted during the 2006/07 academic year, describes how four midsize urban school districts in the Northeast and Islands Region--Worcester, Massachusetts; Nashua, New Hampshire; Yonkers, New York; and Providence, Rhode Island--were providing foundation skills assessments and programs to struggling middle-grade readers. Researchers found variations, but also some similarities, in the districts' use of tests and programs. The study found that all four districts were testing to screen students, diagnose problems, and monitor student progress. But all were in the beginning stages of testing and programming. Districts varied in the tests that they used and in the numbers of students that they included. The information presented here can help state and local education agency decision makers plan, implement, and evaluate their own foundation skills testing and intervention programs. The following are appended: (1) Glossary of Key Terms; (2) Demographic and achievement statistics for participating districts; (3) Reading assessments; (4) Foundation skills intervention; (5) Methods; and (6) Interview questions by category. (Contains 6 boxes and 5 tables.) [This report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands administered by Education Development Center, Inc.]
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458. Tel: 617-618-2747; Fax: 617-969-1580; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Rhode Island
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test
IES Funded: Yes