Save the Children Literacy Programs: Results from the Comparative Pilot Study, 2009-10

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From the report: "This study was designed to compare the changes in performance on the Star Reading assessment of students participating in the Save the Children literacy program during the 2009-10 school year to changes among nonparticipating students in the same schools. For this analysis, scores were obtained from 18 elementary schools across the country. These schools were selected because both participating and nonparticipating students used Renaissance's Accelerated Reader and Star Reading software during the school day and because there were sufficient numbers of students in the participant and nonparticipating groups (at least 20 students in each group) at all 18 schools. Participants received Save the Children Developing Reader programming as described previously, including GIRP, fluency building, and read-aloud, while nonparticipants did not. Star Reading assessment scores and data on AR quiz performance were collected and analyzed for both groups of students." Among the key findings are that the participants had greater NCE gains, a greater increase in the percent of students reading at grade level, read more books, and performed better on AR activities than did matched nonparticipants.

AUTHORS: Rebecca A. Romash, Richard N. White, and Elizabeth R. Reisner.

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