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ERIC Number: EJ901856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Linking Reading Coaches and Student Achievement: Evidence from Florida Middle Schools
Lockwood, J. R.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan; Marsh, Julie
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v32 n3 p372-388 Sep 2010
Many policymakers suggest that school-based reading coaches can improve teachers' practice, which consequently will improve students' literacy skills. Although reading coaches are increasingly prevalent in schools nationwide, empirical evidence for their effects on student achievement is scarce. This article helps to address this gap by conducting an evaluation of a statewide reading coach program in Florida middle schools. Using achievement data from nearly 1,000 Florida middle schools from the 1997-1998 through 2005-2006 school years, we find that receiving a state-funded coach was associated with statistically significant improvements in average annual reading achievement gains for two of the four cohorts of schools analyzed. We examine implications for state and district policy and future research. (Contains 4 notes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida