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A comparison of two reading programs on the reading outcomes of first-grade students

Tobin, K.; Calhoon, M.
Abstract:
This study compared the effect of two reading programs on the reading achievement of 107 first grade students at two elementary schools. One school used Horizons Fast Track A-B and the other used a Guided Reading approach. The AIMSweb was administered to all students to monitor phoneme segmentation fluency, nonsense word fluency, and oral reading fluency skills throughout the study. Results indicate that students in both groups demonstrated significant gains in phoneme segmentation fluency, nonsense word fluency, and oral reading fluency. Students in the Guided Reading group significantly outperformed students in the Horizons group on phoneme segmentation fluency. However, students in the Horizons group made significantly greater gains on oral reading fluency. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
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Year:
2009
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Subtype:
Article
Keywords:
Horizons Fast Track A-B; Guided Reading; reading; phoneme segmentation fluency; nonsense word fluency; oral reading fluency; AIMSweb
Source:
Journal of Direct Instruction
Volume:
9
Number:
1
Pages:
35-46
Design type:
Pretest posttest control group design
Fidelity monitored:
Yes
Students included:
Elementary students, African American students, Hispanic students, low-SES students, Caucasian students
Location/Setting:
Northeast, elementary school
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