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ERIC Number: EJ775541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2194
"QuickSmart": A Basic Academic Skills Intervention for Middle School Students with Learning Difficulties
Graham, Lorraine; Bellert, Anne; Thomas, Jenny; Pegg, John
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v40 n5 p410-419 Sep-Oct 2007
"QuickSmart" is a basic academic skills intervention designed for persistently low-achieving students in the middle years of schooling that aims to improve the automaticity of basic skills to improve higher-order processes, such as problem solving and comprehension, as measured on standardized tests. The "QuickSmart" instructional program consists of three structured, teacher- or teacher aide-directed, 30-minute, small-group lessons each week for approximately 26 weeks. In this study, 42 middle school students experiencing learning difficulties (LD) completed the "QuickSmart" reading program, and a further 42 students with LD took part in the "QuickSmart" mathematics program. To investigate the effects of the intervention, comparisons were made between the reading and mathematics progress of the intervention group and a group of 10 high-achieving and 10 average-achieving peers. The results indicated that although the standardized reading comprehension and mathematics scores of "QuickSmart" students remained below those of comparison students, they improved significantly from pretest to posttest. In contrast, the standardized scores of comparison students were not significantly different from pretest to posttest. On measures of response speed and accuracy gathered using the "Cognitive Aptitude Assessment System" (CAAS), "QuickSmart" students were able to narrow the gap between their performance and that of their high- and average-achieving peers. Implications are drawn regarding the importance of interventions that emphasize the automaticity of basic academic skills for students with learning difficulties.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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