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ERIC Number: EJ864158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-14
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
"Striving Readers" Tough to Measure
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v29 n7 p1, 14-15 Oct 2009
Many students at the Edward Coles Model for Excellence World Language Academy or the Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago--schools that takes part in the Striving Readers program--say they came to enjoy reading for the first time or became better readers through the program, now in its fourth year. The federal program supports the implementation and evaluation of "research-based" reading interventions for schools that are at risk of not making adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act, or that have large proportions of students who are reading below grade level. The federal program, which the Obama administration wants to expand, has not shown impressive student-achievement results so far. The U.S. Department of Education released evaluations of Striving Readers' effect on student achievement during the initiative's second year of implementation, the 2007-08 school year. The evaluators concluded that students in Striving Readers programs in five of the seven participating districts, including Chicago, did not improve significantly more in reading than did their peers in those same districts who did not take part in the initiative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001