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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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Savage, Robert S.; Abrami, Philip; Hipps, Geoffrey; Deault, Louise – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2009
This study reports a randomized controlled trial evaluation of a computer-based balanced literacy intervention, ABRACADABRA (http://grover.concordia.ca/abra/version1/abracadabra.html). Children (N = 144) in Grade 1 were exposed either to computer activities for word analysis, text comprehension, and fluency, alongside shared stories (experimental…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Intervention, Reading Fluency
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2008
"Early Intervention in Reading"[R] is a program designed to provide extra instruction to groups of students at risk of failing to learn to read. The program uses picture books to stress instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and contextual analysis, along with repeated reading and writing. In grades K, 1, and 2, the program is based on…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Picture Books, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness
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Al Otaiba, Stephanie; Hosp, John L.; Smartt, Susan; Dole, Janice A. – Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation, 2008
The purpose of this case study is to describe the challenges one coach faced during the initial implementation of a coaching initiative involving 33 teachers in an urban, high-poverty elementary school. Reading coaches are increasingly expected to play a key role in the professional development efforts to improve reading instruction in order to…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Improvement, Focus Groups, Reading Achievement
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Kelly, Patricia R.; Gomez-Bellenge, Francisco-Xavier; Chen, Jing; Schulz, Melissa M. – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2008
This study investigated the efficacy of Reading Recovery[R] (RR) with first grade English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools by examining the literacy outcomes of ELLs compared with their native English-speaking (NES) peers, who were also enrolled in RR. We also explored how ELLs' fall oral English proficiency levels were related to their…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Phonemics, Bilingual Education, Reading Failure
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Norris, Stephen P.; Phillips, Linda M.; Smith, Martha L.; Guilbert, Sandra M.; Stange, Donita M.; Baker, Jeff J.; Weber, Andrea C. – Science Education, 2008
This paper describes a comprehensive set of studies designed to assess the potential for commercial reading programs to teach reading in science. Specific questions focus on the proportion of selections in the programs that contain science and the amount of science that is in those selections, on the genres in which the science is portrayed, on…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Literary Genres
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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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Watson, Tara; Hempenstall, Kerry – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2008
This study was an evaluation of a parent delivered, computer based beginning reading program with a group of 15 Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Completing the "Funnix" program at home through a CD copy was expected to produce educationally and statistically significant improvements in phonemic awareness, letter-sound fluency, non-word…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Fluency, Phonemics, Beginning Reading
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Gamse, Beth C.; Bloom, Howard S.; Kemple, James J.; Jacob, Robin Tepper – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008
This report presents preliminary findings from the Reading First Impact Study, a congressionally mandated evaluation of the federal government initiative to help all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) established Reading First and mandated its evaluation. This document is…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, National Programs, Program Effectiveness, Reading Comprehension
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Gamse, Beth C.; Bloom, Howard S.; Kemple, James J.; Jacob, Robin Tepper – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008
This executive summary describes results of the "Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report." The report presents preliminary findings from the Reading First Impact Study, a congressionally mandated evaluation of the federal government initiative to help all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The No Child…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, National Programs, Program Effectiveness, Reading Comprehension
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Gamse, Beth C.; Jacob, Robin Tepper; Horst, Megan; Boulay, Beth; Unlu, Fatih – National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008
This report presents findings from the third and final year of the Reading First Impact Study (RFIS), a congressionally mandated evaluation of the federal government's initiative to help all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established Reading First (RF) and mandated its…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Regression (Statistics), State Programs
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Chambers, Bette; Abrami, Philip; Tucker, Bradley; Slavin, Robert E.; Madden, Nancy A.; Cheung, Alan; Gifford, Richard – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2008
This article presents a randomized experiment evaluating a computer-assisted tutoring program. The software program, Alphie's Alley, provides reading tutors with assessment and planning tools and performance support. It provides students with animated presentations and engaging activities. In a yearlong study involving 25 schools using the Success…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Program Effectiveness
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Trezek, Beverly J.; Wang, Ye; Woods, Denyse G.; Gampp, Terri L.; Paul, Peter V. – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2007
The purpose of the current study is to expand upon the effectiveness of using Visual Phonics in conjunction with Direct Instruction reading programs (B. J. Trezek & K. W. Malmgren, 2005; B. J. Trezek & Y. Wang, 2006) and to explore the results of utilizing Visual Phonics to supplement another phonics-based reading curriculum for students who are…
Descriptors: Phonics, Visual Aids, Reading Programs, Instructional Effectiveness
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Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Ruby, Susan F.; Martella, Ronald C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
Response to Intervention (RTI) provides a challenge for schools to deliver appropriate and scientifically validated reading instruction to all students through a three-tier model. While many educators recognize the need for a strong core-reading program (Tier 1), interventions for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students remain more difficult to implement. We…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Intervention, Reading, Reading Programs
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Romain, Melissa A.; Millner, Keith A.; Moss, Victoria E.; Held, Marguerite – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2007
The purpose of this article was twofold. First, the assessment materials from four core reading programs were informally reviewed for their adherence to Texas Reading First progress monitoring guidelines for kindergarten and the beginning of Grade 1. Conclusions support existing concerns regarding the variability in the quality and quantity of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 1, Intervals, Guidelines
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