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Stockard, Jean – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of two implementation variables (source of technical support and time of implementation) to first grade reading achievement across three naturally-occurring conditions over a six-year time span. Two of the conditions involved implementation of Direct Instruction (DI) curriculum programs,…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Reading Achievement, Grade 1, Reading Comprehension
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Tobin, Kevin G.; Calhoon, Mary Beth – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2009
The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of two theoretically different reading programs on the reading outcomes of first-grade students (N = 107). Two elementary schools were chosen for participation based on the first-grade reading program currently being implemented in the schools. One school used the "Horizons Fast Track…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Phonemes, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction
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Ralston, Nicole C.; Benner, Gregory J.; Nelson, J. Ron; Caniglia, Cyndi – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2009
Building on research showing the interdependence of language skills and reading proficiency, this study examined the effects of using the "Language Arts" strand of the "Reading Mastery Signature" 2008 series program as a supplement to non-Direct Instruction reading programs with English Language Learner (ELL) students.…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Silent Reading, Oral Reading, Language Arts
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Riepl, Jennifer H.; Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Martella, Ronald C. – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2008
This study explored the effects of "Reading Mastery Plus" in grades K-2 at a Title 1 school with six students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Two students in each of grades kindergarten, 1, and 2 participated. "Diagnostic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)" spring fluency probes were used…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Kindergarten
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Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Martella, Ronald C.; Kolts, Russell L.; Mitchell, Diane; Mitchell, Christopher – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2006
We examined the effects of a three-tier strategic model of intensifying instruction using "Reading Mastery Plus" in grades K-3 at a Title I school. Teachers received training and coaching before and during the program evaluation. They were assessed on their satisfaction with the program as well. The "Diagnostic Indicators of Basic…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Emergent Literacy, Diagnostic Tests, Program Evaluation
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Adams, Gary L.; Slocum, Timothy A. – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2004
A recent report by Dr. Randall Ryder evaluated the use of Direct Instruction (DI) reading programs in 2 school districts in Wisconsin. In the report, Ryder claimed that students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade who received Direct Instruction scored significantly lower on several standardized tests of reading than students who received more traditional…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Elementary Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs
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Kinder, Diane; Stein, Marcy; Osborn, Jean – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2004
Two curriculum evaluation projects were conducted in response to requests from practitioners interested in determining the quality of commercially developed reading programs. The 1st project, sponsored by 3 school districts in Texas, focused on 5 1st grade reading programs. The 2nd, conducted at the request of junior high, middle-, and high-school…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Remedial Reading, Beginning Reading, Evaluation Criteria
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Tobin, Kevin G. – Journal of Direct Instruction, 2004
This study is a follow-up on a previous study of the effects of 2 beginning reading programs implemented in 1st grade. In the previous study, 40 1st-grade students who were matched based on their Concepts About Print Test (Clay, 1979) and Phonological Segmentation Fluency from the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS; Good…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Grade 3, Grade 4, Elementary School Students