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ERIC Number: ED548768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Open Court Reading©. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report. Updated October 2014
What Works Clearinghouse
"Open Court Reading©" is a reading program for grades K-6 published by McGraw-Hill Education that is designed to teach decoding, comprehension, inquiry, and writing in a three-part logical progression. Part One of each unit, Preparing to Read, focuses on phonemic awareness, sounds and letters, phonics, fluency, and word knowledge. Part Two, Reading and Responding, emphasizes reading literature for understanding, comprehension, inquiry, and practical reading applications. Part Three, Language Arts, focuses on writing, spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, and basic computer skills. In 2007, McGraw-Hill Education revised "Open Court Reading©" and changed the name to Imagine It!©. The studies featured in this report evaluate the use of "Open Court Reading©" in grades K-3. The WWC review of "Open Court Reading©" for the Beginning Reading topic area includes student outcomes in four domains: general reading achievement, comprehension, alphabetics, and reading fluency. The two studies of "Open Court Reading©" that meet WWC group design standards reported findings in two of the four domains: (a) general reading achievement and (b) comprehension. One study that meets WWC group design standards without reservations reported findings in the comprehension domain [Borman, G. D., Dowling, N. M., & Schneck, C. (2008)]. Appended are: (1) Research details for Borman et al. (2008); (2) Research details for Skindrud and Gersten (2006); (3) Outcome measures for each domain; (4) Findings included in the rating for the general reading achievement domain; (5) Findings included in the rating for the comprehension domain; (6) Description of supplemental findings for the general reading achievement domain; and (7) Description of supplemental findings for the comprehension domain. A glossary of terms is also included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 1; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 6; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED); Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: EJ951752; EJ750504