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Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov; Stanley, Christopher; Truckenmiller, Adrea – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2017
The objective of this study was to determine the latent profiles of reading and language skills that characterized 7,752 students in kindergarten through tenth grade and to relate the profiles to norm-referenced reading outcomes. Reading and language skills were assessed with a computer-adaptive assessment administered in the middle of the year…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Statistical Analysis, Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing
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Thompson, Carla J. – Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2012
Improving student performance for high-need student populations by improving the use of data in decision-making for early reading intervention programs in northwest Florida is the focus of this research to practice effort. The study is conceptually based on using a relational-feedback intervention (RFI) database model in early learning…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Data Collection
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Ortiz, Miriam; Folsom, Jessica S.; Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Greulich, Luana; Thomas-Tate, Shurita; Connor, Carol M. – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This study, framed by the component model of reading (CMR), examined the relative importance of kindergarten-entry predictors of first grade reading performance. Specifically, elements within the ecological domain included dialect, maternal education, amount of preschool, and home literacy; elements within the psychological domain included…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Recognition (Achievement), Reading Achievement, Program Effectiveness
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Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Folsom, Jessica S.; Schatschneider, Christopher; Wanzek, Jeanne; Greulich, Luana; Meadows, Jane; Li, Zhi; Connor, Carol M. – Exceptional Children, 2011
Many schools are implementing multitier response-to-intervention (RTI) models to reduce reading difficulties. This study was part of our larger ongoing longitudinal RTI investigation within the Florida Learning Disabilities Center grant and was conducted in 7 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse schools. We observed reading instruction in 20…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading, Reading Programs, Learning Disabilities
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Connor, Carol McDonald; Jakobsons, Lara J.; Crowe, Elizabeth C.; Meadows, Jane Granger – Elementary School Journal, 2009
This study explored first-, second-, and third-grade reading instruction and students' (n = 1,586) reading skill growth in Florida Reading First (RF) classrooms (n = 95). The goal of RF is to improve students' literacy outcomes through the use of research-based instruction, assessment, teacher training, and program evaluation. Whereas survey data…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills
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Crowe, Elizabeth Coyne; Connor, Carol McDonald; Petscher, Yaacov – Journal of School Psychology, 2009
Policy changes at the federal and state level are endeavoring to improve student achievement at schools serving children from lower-SES homes. One important strategy is the focus on using evidence-based core reading curricula to provide a consistent framework for instruction across schools. However, rarely have these curricula undergone rigorous…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Achievement, Comparative Testing, Grade 3
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Lane, Holly B.; Pullen, Paige C.; Hudson, Roxanne F.; Konold, Timothy R. – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2009
This study examined the components of a one-on-one literacy tutoring model to identify the necessary and sufficient elements for helping struggling beginning readers. The tutoring components of interest included word work using manipulative letters, written word work, and a generalization component. Reading assessment data from 100 first-grade…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Sight Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, Data Analysis
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Piasta, Shayne B.; Connor, Carol McDonald; Fishman, Barry J.; Morrison, Frederick J. – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2009
We examined the relations of teacher knowledge (n = 42 first-grade teachers), explicit decoding instruction provided, and students' (n = 437) word-reading gains. Results revealed an interaction between teacher knowledge and observed decoding instruction: For students of more knowledgeable teachers, more time in explicit instruction predicted…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Decoding (Reading), Elementary School Teachers, Grade 1
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Harris, Douglas N.; Sass, Tim R. – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, 2007
We study the effects of various types of education and training on the ability of teachers to promote student achievement. Previous studies on the subject have been hampered by inadequate measures of teacher training and difficulties addressing the non-random selection of teachers to students and of teachers to training. We address these issues by…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Preservice Teacher Education
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Granger, Jane D.; Grek, Marcia – Journal of Staff Development, 2005
In Florida, a group of paraprofessionals worked with students struggling to read at grade level. The students' gains show that the intensive attention of these professionals to small groups of students can make a significant difference. This article presents a study about the effectiveness of paraprofessionals' and teachers' instruction for…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Literacy, Reading Instruction, Teacher Aides