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ERIC Number: ED539157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-21
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Effectiveness of McGraw-Hill's "Treasures" Reading Program in Grades 3-5
Empirical Education Inc.
The study uses a quasi-experimental comparison group design to test the effectiveness of "Treasures" by comparing outcomes for students who used "Treasures" to those who did not use "Treasures", adjusting for differences between the "Treasures" and comparison groups on baseline characteristics. The study shows that "Treasures" has a positive impact on student achievement in the first year of its implementation and that the program effect increases with grade level, with the highest effect at the fifth grade. The differences between the estimates of grade-level effects should be taken with caution because the number of third and fourth graders in the analytical sample was lower than the number of fifth graders, which resulted in the lower accuracy of the estimates for the earlier grade levels. The accuracy of the estimates was possibly negatively affected by the absence of important and potentially variable student characteristics such as disability and English learner status in the dataset provided by NWEA. The data were available for the first year of the program implementation so the study could not address longer term effects. Furthermore, geographical representativeness of this study is practically limited to the Midwest, since a vast majority of observations (all "Treasures" schools except four) in the sample came from Illinois and Indiana. A study with a greater geographical coverage, more balanced representation of grade levels, and with a larger number of years after the program adoption would have the potential to produce more accurate estimates of the positive impact of "Treasures" on reading achievement in upper elementary schools. The NWEA MAP Reading Test is appended. (Contains 2 figures, 9 tables, and 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Empirical Education Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Indiana; Michigan; New Hampshire