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Nebraska District Outscores Peers Statewide

This study examined the effect of Direct Instruction (DI) programs on the academic achievement of elementary students. In response to all fourth grade students scoring below the state average in writing on the School-based, Teacher-led, Assessment and Reporting System (STARS), DI programs were implemented in Gering Public Schools. The DI programs Reading Mastery, Corrective Reading, Reasoning and Writing, and Spelling Mastery were administered in grades K-3 in 2004. Results from the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test indicated that by 2007 all three Gering elementary schools performed above the 85th percentile. Additionally, all fourth grade students outscored their peers statewide. Following the implementation of DI, 206 students previously classified as at-risk for reading failure had progressed to benchmark status by 2007. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Reading Mastery; Corrective Reading; Reasoning and Writing; Spelling Mastery; DIBELS; STARS
In "Results with Reading Mastery", Columbus, OH: The McGraw-Hill Companies
Design type:
Cohort Control Group Design and Cohort Control Group Historical Comparison Design
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Elementary students, kindergarten students, special education students, at-risk students, low-SES students
Other tags:
School-based, Teacher-led, Assessment and Reporting System (STARS), Corrective Reading, Reasoning and Writing, and Spelling Mastery, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
Gering, Nebraska, elementary school, public school

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