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ERIC Number: ED535508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
The Middle School Intervention Project: Use of a Regression Discontinuity Design to Evaluate a Multi-Component Intervention for Struggling Readers in Middle School in Six School Districts
Crone, Deanne A.; Stoolmiller, Michael; Baker, Scott K.; Fien, Hank
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The primary aim of the Middle School Intervention Project (MSIP) is to evaluate the impact of a multi-component intervention for struggling adolescent readers on reading outcomes. The intervention consists of: (1) targeted, Tier 2 reading and (2) school engagement interventions, and (3) data-based-decision-making (DBDM) teams to review and act on student data. A critical concept in MSIP is that 6th grade students are screened into the targeted, Tier 2 intervention based on 5th grade reading scores. This screening function allows for a regression discontinuity design (RDD). Use of the RDD allows educators to evaluate existing practices in schools, rather than randomly assign half of the schools to receive a prescribed intervention, as in a traditional RCT. Thus, this study is also a test of RDD as a feasible means for conducting rigorous evaluation research with SEAs and LEAs. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the use of RDD to evaluate the impact of a multi-component intervention for struggling readers in middle school. The authors examine the impact of the intervention on the Oregon Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (OAKS), a high-stakes, statewide reading assessment. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Oregon