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ERIC Number: ED567238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Implementation Work at Scale: An Examination of the Fidelity of Implementation Study of the Scale-Up Effectiveness Trial of Open Court Reading
Sullivan, Kate; Bell, Nance; Jones, Debra Hughes; Caverly, Sarah; Vaden-Kiernan, Michael
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) study that is the focus of this report was conducted as a component of a scale-up effectiveness trial of the SRA/McGraw-Hill Open Court Reading program. The overall purpose of the FOI study was to support and provide context for findings from the larger experimental impact study of Open Court Reading (OCR). To accomplish this task, the FOI study addressed the following research questions: (1) In what ways were OCR students' experiences similar or different to those of students receiving other reading curricula; and (2) Was there significant variation in implementation fidelity of OCR among classrooms/teachers, schools, and districts? The first question addresses the issue of general fidelity (i.e., comparing treatment and control group implementation), and the second examines specific fidelity (i.e., variation of implementation within the treatment condition). General and specific fidelity are both critical areas of investigation to include in FOI study designs intended to inform scale-up effectiveness trials. The FOI study was conducted during two years of OCR implementation in the 49 elementary impact study schools (kindergarten through 5th grade) in seven districts across the country. This FOI study was a component of the cluster randomized controlled effectiveness trial of the OCR program. Overall, findings from specific fidelity analyses revealed that implementation of the OCR program among treatment teachers was relatively high. Two tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)