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ERIC Number: EJ839492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
Measuring the Effectiveness of a Summer Literacy Program for Elementary Students Using Writing Samples
Burgin, John S.; Hughes, Gail D.
Research in the Schools, v15 n2 p55-64 Fall 2008
To prevent summer achievement loss and help ensure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all students as mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), school districts are enacting summer enrichment programs. To determine effectiveness, additional student assessments are often required and instructional time is reduced. The goals of this study were to collect data within the schools existing assessment framework for program evaluation and to examine how the summer break impacts low-SES students' literacy scores (n = 236). Results indicated statistically significant summer improvement in writing for kindergarten, third-, and fourth-grade participants, and a statistically significant summer loss for first and second graders who did not attend. With some enhancements to administration and scoring, assessments that teachers already collect have the potential for credible program evaluation use. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001