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Implementing research-based reading programs in the Fort Worth Independent School District

O', ; Brien, D.; Ware, A.
This study reports on the results of an evaluation of the implementation of Reading Mastery (RM) and Open Court (OC) in the Fort Worth Independent School District, replacing a whole language program. Principals decided which program they wanted to implement in their school. In the first year 32 schools participated. Eighteen principals chose to implement RM and 14 chose to implement OC. In the second year, 2 additional schools chose RM and the remaining 25 used a slightly different version of OC. Some schools continued to use their traditional whole language approach. Student in the OC and RM programs had similar socio-demographic characteristics. Student achievement was measured comparing performance on standardized reading tests with prior year performance and national norms. Data regarding the percentage of students passing a teacher-administered reading inventory were analyzed. Data were given separately for students in grades K-2 and for the four groups of schools (RM, the two forms of OC, and the traditional whole language schools). Results were given for the fall of 1998 before the implementation of the programs and in the spring of 2000, two years after implementation. The results indicated that the RM schools had a larger increase than the other schools in the percentage of students passing the assessment. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Englsh Lngge Lrnrs, Reading Mastery, Open Court, reading
Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk
Design type:
Pretest Posttest Control Group Design and Pretest Posttest Control Group with Statistical Controls
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
General Education Students, Elementary students, kindergarten students, Hispanic students, African American students, Caucasian students, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, at-risk students
Other tags:
English Language Learners, Reading Mastery, Open Court, whole language, Stanford Achievement Test
South: West South Central, Fort Worth Independent School District, Texas, elementary school
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